As the weather gets cold, we naturally close up our windows to stay warm. But living in sealed spaces can also mean that radon — a naturally occurring radioactive gas — builds to high, concentrated levels in our homes and places of business, which can have severe consequences for our health. This November, join other Canadians for Radon Action Month and get your living spaces tested for this potent health hazard!
If you haven’t heard of radon before, here are some important (and potentially surprising) facts you should know:
- Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. If you do smoke, and you live or work in spaces with high concentrations of this substance, your risk of developing lung cancer is even greater.
- Each year, radon will lead to the deaths of over 3,200 Canadians.
- Radon can enter a building through any openings in contact with the ground, such as cracks in the foundation floor or walls, construction joints, floor drains and sumps, and cavities inside walls.
- It’s important to note that radon is odourless, tasteless, and invisible — meaning you won’t know if there are high levels around you.
- All homes have some level of radon — and it can affect any building anywhere across the country.
The only way to know if there are high concentrations of radon gas in your home, or workplace, is to test for it.
Radon Action Month was created to help engage, educate, and equip Canadians on what they can do to protect themselves and their families. Here’s more from Take Action on Radon:
Radon Action Month aims to encourage Canadians to protect their health by testing for radon in their homes and reducing the level if it is high. The theme for this year’s Radon Action Month is Today 4 Tomorrow. The rationale is to encourage Canadians to take action TODAY — by testing and mitigating the radon in their homes — to protect their health as they plan for TOMORROW. We plan for the future every day as we consider eating healthily, exercising regularly, spending wisely and saving financially. Planning Today 4 Tomorrow is a habit we do every day with ordinary things. We want Canadians to consider radon testing in the same way. Plan today by testing your home for radon to protect yourself, your family or your loved ones from radon-induced lung cancer tomorrow.
Now, if you’re looking to make this important step, Scout Environmental is here to make it as easy and straightforward as possible with the Radon Workplace Challenge. If you’re looking for a test kit for your home, you can purchase here and enjoy a $5 discount and be entered to win one of ten $50 Canadian Tire gift cards. But if you’re hoping to test your workplace, the Challenge will provide you with two free test kits and with ready-to-use resources you can employ to engage your coworkers and celebrate your achievements.
Head to www.RadonWorkplaceChallenge.ca to learn more and get testing for Radon Action Month today!