What is Radon anyway?
The fact that Radon gas is present in Alberta is not new information. What is relatively new are the health studies published about its long-term effects. Evict Radon’s most recent findings have shown that the Western Canadian prairie provinces are the 2nd most Radon exposed population on the planet, only second to Poland. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in the soil and rock breaks down.
Cracks in floor slabs
Gaps around service pipes
Cavities inside walls
HOW DOES IT ENTER?
Radon gas enters our homes in a variety of ways:
Highest Radon Levels Reported in Calgary and Surrounding Areas
Are there areas in Calgary that are safer than others?
The fact that Radon gas is present in Alberta is not new information. What is relatively new are the health studies published about its long-term effects. Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in the soil and rock breaks down. The reason why it is so hard to detect is because it is invisible, odourless and tasteless. This gas is being released from the ground all the time but becomes a concern when it is in an enclosed space such as your home/business. Long term health risks such lung cancer are possible if this gas accumulates in high levels in your home.
The risks for getting DNA damage related cancer is correlated to the Radon levels and how long a person has been exposed. This risk is amplified when mixed with tobacco smoke!
How Do You Test For Radon?
Radon testing can be conducted in a few different ways depending on how quickly you require the results. The most reliable and recommended way to test your home for Radon is conducting a long-term Radon test, this can be done using an alpha track test kit.