We have blogged before about the dangers of Radon gas, most notably following a CTV news item about a local woman and how she has lung cancer most likely as a result of Radon in her Ontario home.
Everyone should test their home for Radon, it is inexpensive and easy to do.
Following advice from CARST (Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) we have compiled practical advice about Radon.
Testing for Radon in your home
CARST recommends that everyone tests their home for Radon to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Radon is colorless and odorless but can be tested for relatetively cheaply and without sophisticated equipment. Here are the steps:
1) Order a professional long term test kit. We recommend Alpha Tracker (who are an independent laboratory certified by the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program). It can be ordered online and shipped directly to your home.
2) When you receive the kit install the sensor in a location in accordance with their instructions.
3) After 3 months follow their instructions to return the sensor to the lab for testing.
4) Shortly after they receive the Radon sensor they will email the results back to you.
The test will results will tell you if your home has a Radon level above or below the Canadian Radon action level of 200 Bq/m3.
Results will look something like this:
What to do with my Radon test Results.
Homeowners receiving Radon test results below 200 Bq/m3 have the peace of mind of knowing thier family is considered by CARST to be not at risk for Radon exposure.
Homeowners receiving Radon test results above 200 Bq/m3 should contact a Radon mitigation expert.