Reminder to test for Radon Gas

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to test their homes this winter for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas. “It’s important to test for radon,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Public Health Officer. “If you’re exposed to elevated levels over many years, you are at increased risk for lung cancer, especially if you are a smoker.” January is an ideal time to test for radon. It gives an accurate measure of how much radon is accumulating in living spaces from soil underneath buildings because windows and doors are closed. Protecting homes and loved-ones is easy and inexpensive. Testing devices, including mail-in laboratory analysis, are available through environmental testing companies or on the Internet for $40 to $80. The devices should be left in place for at least three months. National guidelines recommend that radon in buildings and homes not exceed 200 bequerels per cubic metre. As well as encouraging Nova Scotians to test their homes, the province has a program to test public buildings for radon as part of five-year plan that started in 2006. For more information on radon gas, testing, and the Health Canada guideline, go to the Department of Environment’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/airlandwater/radon.asp .last_img read more

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