Radon Awareness Project

Stefanie Poisson

What is the Radon Awareness Project?
Radon Awareness project is funded in part by Health Canada:  Radon – Interior Health British Columbia Radon Awareness & Sampling Initiative 2012 – 2015.  The objective of the overall project is to raise awareness about Radon and to get a better understanding of Radon levels throughout the Interior Health Region. It is not known if there is a Radon concern in any particular community or building. However, as a precaution and to raise awareness as many communities and buildings as possible are being encouraged to test. Your cooperation in following the instructions for detector setup is most appreciated.

What is Radon?
Second to smoking, Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer, and Health Canada estimates Radon exposure is linked to approximately 16% or 2000 Canadian lung cancer deaths per year. The risk of harm from Radon depends on cumulative exposure over a lifetime. Therefore, it is beneficial to identify locations that may be elevated so that relatively simple steps can be taken to reduce exposure.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon can infiltrate buildings and accumulate to high concentrations in enclosed spaces. It is colourless and odourless. Radon detectors are the only way to determine if Radon is present.

Radon Testing:
Health Canada recommends testing be conducted in the lowest occupied indoor area for minimum 3 months, ideally between October and April. Lower levels of buildings and levels in direct contact with soil or rock are more likely to have higher concentrations of Radon because radon is heavier than air and infiltrates rooms in direct contact with soil. For this reason, location of Radon testing is focused on the lower level(s) of the building envelope including those sidewall areas in direct contact with soil.

All detectors will be provided for free and can be picked up at the District of Clearwater. A very limited amount is available, first come first served. Detectors can be used to screen public buildings and/or private residences. Please follow the provided instructions.

If you have any questions Contact Healthy Built Environment Team at hbe@interiorhealth.ca or 1-855-744-6328 ext 4.

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