Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Radon Awareness

Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment, coming from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks. It is widely found in homes across Canada. It does not tend to be an issue outside, as it dilutes to harmless levels in the atmosphere. However, in a confined space – like a basement – radon can accumulate to high levels. Exposure to high concentrations of radon can increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
Testing is prevention and winter is the ideal time to test for Radon in your home. Some homes in Kanata and other areas of the City have been found to have high levels of Radon. There are affordable three month test kits (only buy certified kits) available from a variety of sources, including local home hardware stores.

Thank you to representatives from Health Canada, City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health and participating radon professionals for your support of my annual Radon Public Information Session.

For anyone that is interested and wasn’t able to attend, you can watch the Facebook Live video from the event at any time here.

Here is a video taken at Mr. Radon’s table showing what radon looks like using dry ice. 

Did you know that 7% of homes in Canada have high radon levels? It is important to test to find out what the level is at in your home. Certified 3-month tests can be purchased for as little as $35 from local hardware stores and radon professionals.

Additional information:
How to find a certified professional
Copy of 2016 Health Canada presentation slides from 2016 info session

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