In the last few years, radon has quickly become a trending health topic. As discussions swirl and opinions begin to flare, Caroline Cox, Radon Awareness Project Coordinator from EcoSuperior, is ready to set the facts straight about radon.
Myth – “Radon is a radioactive soil gas that we can’t see, smell, or taste. Outdoors, radon mixes with the air in the environment and becomes diluted. However, indoors, radon can become trapped in homes and can accumulate to high levels which can affect your health,” explains Cox.
Myth – Cox states, “According to a 2015 study conducted by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, 16% of Thunder Bay homes have high levels of radon, which is more than double the national average of 6.9% and more than triple the provincial average of 4.6%.”
Fact – Cox warns that “Long-term exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in Canada. The odds are worse for people who smoke and are also exposed to high levels of radon, since 1 in 3 have a chance of developing lung cancer, according to Health Canada.” The health risk depends on the level of radon and how long a person is exposed to those levels.
Fact – “Entrances for radon include sump pits, floor drains, floor cracks, and exposed soil. Radon can get trapped in homes and can accumulate to high levels that cause lung cancer,” says Cox.
Myth – “Testing for radon is the only way to know if your home has high levels. Long-term tests between 90 days and one year are the most accurate ways to tell whether your home has high levels,” states Cox. In Thunder Bay, Radon Test Kits are available for sale from EcoSuperior for $50.00.
To learn more about radon, join Cox at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (Auditorium A) on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. She will be the speaker for the October Healthy Get-Together, titled Everything You Need to Know About Radon. The session is from 7:00-8:00 pm, free-of-charge, everyone is welcome and parking passes will be available. Additionally, Radon Testing Kits will also be available for purchase for $50.00, cash or cheque. Space is limited for the session. Please call 684-7790 to reserve your spot. To learn more about radon, visit Health Canada’s website and click on Environmental and Workplace Health, then Radiation, and then the Radon tab.