November was Radon Awareness Month across Canada.
Radon Awareness Month wrapped up Friday, with the message of the campaign focusing on testing one’s home for it.
That’s something Health Canada radiation specialist for Saskatchewan and Manitoba Sandy Hutchison encourages.
“It is a naturally occurring gas, comes from the ground. But it gets into your home, can accumulate higher levels, where it represents this lung cancer risk.”
Radon is responsible for over killing over 3200 hundred people in Canada each year.
Hutchison notes Regina is a radon prone region, with Health Canada statistics suggesting one in four homes in the area will be above the safe guideline, making it all that more imperative and important to have your home tested by a professional.”
“The only way to truly understand your risk for radon exposure is to get a test,” he said. “Compare it to the Canadian guideline of 200 Bq/m3. Anything above that, Health Canada would recommend taking steps to reduce your exposure.”