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November is National Radon Awareness Month in Canada

Radon Definition

Tens of thousands of Canadians die every year due to lung cancer, and thousands of those deaths are due to radon exposure, the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Many of these deaths unfortunately happen because many Canadians are unaware of radon or don’t fully understand the health risks. This is especially understandable since radon is odorless, tasteless, and invisible. Since November is both National Radon Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Canada, here are some things you should know so that you or your loved ones don’t end up a part of these tragic statistics.

What is radon?

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that results from the decay of trace amounts of uranium in the earth’s crust. Since uranium is radioactive radon is too, making it a dangerous carcinogen. This radon gas can infiltrate a home through the soil and travel through the basement up into the different levels of the home. Radon can also infiltrate well water or public water supplies, although it's more common for it to enter the home through the soil.

Long term exposure to radon causes lung cancer. Health Canada recommends acting if your radon test shows levels at 200 becquerels or above.

How do I find out if my home has radon?

The good news is that testing for radon is easy. When you contact your qualified radon contractor, they can quickly visit your home to set up a radon monitoring system. When the test is done they will meet with you to discuss the results and any additional steps you may have to take. Protecting your family is that simple.

Can radon be treated?

If your home does have high levels of radon, there’s no need to panic. Radon mitigation technology is incredibly effective and can reduce even the highest radon levels. A qualified National Radon Defense contractor can easily install an affordable radon mitigation system to keep you, your family, and your guests safe.

As the leading network of radon professionals, National Radon Defense can help you find your trusted local radon contractor. Contact us today to find your local radon contractor and learn more, test your home, or install a radon mitigation system.