What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium, and is found in all soil and bedrock.
Radon gas is odourless, colourless, and tasteless; so it requires specialized equipment to detect, measure and control.
According to Health Canada, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, and is 10x more dangerous for children.
Radon gas is present in ALL homes, new and old, and cannot be detected or measured until a home is ready for move-in.
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HEALTH CANADA FACTS
- What is radon?
- What is the Canadian guideline for radon in indoor air?
- Why did Health Canada announce in June 2007 a lowering of the guidelines for acceptable levels of radon in the house from 800 to 200 Bq/m³?
- What is a bequerel?
- What is the difference between becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m³) and picocuries per litre (pCi/L)?
- What is Health Canada's reaction to the World Health Organization's (WHO) proposal for radon reference levels to be set at 100 Bq/m³?
- Should Canadians be concerned about the WHO proposal?
- What are the reference levels used by the United States and European Union?
- How can radon affect my health?
- I am a smoker. Does radon affect me more than a non-smoker?
- Are children more at risk from radon than adults?
- What about drinking water that contains radon?
- Where in Canada are radon levels the highest?
- How can radon get into my house?
- What about radon and radioactivity in granite countertops?
- How do I test my house for radon?
- Where in the house or building should I perform the test?
- How can I reduce the amount of radon in my house?
- How much will it cost to mitigate my house?
- Where can I find a contractor for radon testing and mitigation?
- I am building a new house, are there any building codes for radon protection?
- I am building a new house, can I have the site tested for radon?
- I don't have a basement. Do I still need to test my house for radon?
- My house is new (old) so it shouldn't have a problem, right?
- I am extending my house. Is there anything I can do to prevent radon entry into the extension?
- I am renting a house (apartment) and am concerned about radon. Is my landlord required to test for radon if I ask him to do so?
- I tested my rental house (apartment) and the radon reading was high, is my landlord required to fix this problem?
- As an employer, do I need to test for radon in the workplace?
- Are the radon detectors themselves dangerous or do they contain toxic substances?
- Where can I learn more?
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How Can Canada Radon Help?
When To Call Canada Radon
If you are starting a new build, please let us know as soon as you have the plans. We will work with your team on a detailed radon mitigation strategy that can be planned in from the outset - saving time and ensuring compliance with local building code requirements.
If your home is already under construction or complete, we can work with you on retrofit strategies and discuss the different options. When installed properly, retrofit radon mitigation systems are highly effective at ensuring safe radon levels in the home.