FILE — A radon fan and two suction points (radon fans are quiet, use only 100 watts of power and are designed to run continuously for 10 years.

Take steps towards a healthier life — test for radon

MIKE ADAMS

For the Morning Star

Every day we make decisions to protect our health. Whether it’s choosing fruit and vegetables, taking the stairs, or biking to work, we’re constantly making choices to live a longer and healthier life.

One simple choice you can make today is to test your home for radon gas.

Radon is a gas found in the ground throughout the world. It’s colourless, odourless, and tasteless, and most homes that are in contact with the ground will contain some amount of radon gas.

In enclosed spaces such as homes and other buildings, radon can sometimes accumulate to high levels and present a health risk. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon may lead to lung cancer, with the risk being substantially higher for tobacco smokers and others who are exposed to second-hand smoke. Health Canada estimates that one in three smokers exposed to high radon levels will develop lung cancer.

In the Interior region, we have some “hot spot” areas where high radon levels were detected in approximately 60 per cent of homes tested. Fortunately, simple choices can significantly reduce your risk of radon exposure. Testing your home for radon is easy and inexpensive, and the best time to test is now through April.

To test your home for radon gas:

· Order a long-term radon test kit from BC Lung Association, Radon Aware.

· Place it in the lowest lived-in level (e.g. basement or bedroom) of your home for a minimum of 91 days.

· After 91 days, send the kit to a laboratory to get the results.

Radon takes the “easiest path” into our homes, so radon levels can vary significantly from home to home. The best way to know if you and your family are at risk is to test your home today. If high radon levels are found, basic measures can be taken to address the problem.

Test kits are available from BC Lung Association — order online or call 1-800-665-LUNG (5864).

A list of certified mitigation providers can be found at the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) website.

Visit the Interior Health website for information on radon gas and your health.

Interior Health is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and providing a wide range of quality health-care services to more than 740,000 people living across B.C.’s vast interior.

For more information, visit www.interiorhealth.ca, follow us on Twitter @Interior_Health, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InteriorHealth

Mike Adams is Team Leader, Healthy Community Development, Interior Health

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon property tax deadline nears

Sept. 30 is the deadline to pay poperty taxes without penalty

A Gardener’s Diary: How to make green tomato pickles

Gardening columnist Jocelyne Sewell looks at how to use up all those ripened tomatoes as the season shifts

Morning Start: One Year on Uranus Is 84 Years on Earth

Your morning start for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

‘Perfect storm’ causes influx of black widows in the Okanagan

The region’s only venomous spider has come out in full force this year

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

Refresh of Liberal government’s agenda comes amid new looming COVID-19 crisis

Lockdowns saw fed spending soar to historic levels in effort to offset pandemic’s blow to Canadians’ livelihoods

Attorney General defends Kelowna Mountie involved in rough arrest

Tyler Russell filed a lawsuit against Const. Siggy Pietrzak in June of this year

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Kamloops RCMP search for armed robber of pizza restaurant

The incident unfolded on Monday evening at the Sahali Domino’s store

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

Most Read