Healthy Home Tip: Get Rid of Radon
March 1, 2011
Think because your home is clean it’s healthy? Maybe not. Even if you’ve embraced your inner enviro-mom by using all-natural products like baking soda, lemons and vinegar to help keep your home spotless, there could be a nasty intruder lurking in your family room. It’s called radon and it’s time to kick its butt.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking, meaning that you don’t need to be a smoker to be at risk. It can seep in through your home’s foundation and, because radon has no odour, it’s impossible to detect without a proper radon test.
The good news is testing is easy and relatively inexpensive – what’s the price of good health, right? Connie Wong, air quality coordinator with the Ontario Lung Association suggests using a long-term radon test device since it will give you a more accurate reading.
"The best time to test is during the cooler months and testing is done for three months," says Connie, who through The Lung Association, is partnering with Health Canada to get the word out about this known health risk. "You have two options for radon testing: you can purchase a do-it-yourself kit from a major home improvement retailer or you can hire a radon measurement professional. But you should do it. Your family's health is way too important not to do the test."
Here are some helpful tips if you're going to be doing the test yourself:
- Radon test kits will run you between $30 and $60, reasonably priced if you consider your home is probably your biggest investment.
- Place the test kit in the lowest lived-in level of your home. "Lived-in" means someone spends more than four hours a day on that level. If no one spends time in the basement except to do laundry once or twice a week, instead of testing that level, test on your ground floor where your family hangs out.
- Be sure to set up the test in a room, not a closet, crawl space or dark corner of the basement.
- Don't test in the bathroom or kitchen because of high moisture levels.
- If you do find higher than acceptable levels of radon in your home, don't panic.
There are easy ways to mitigate the problem.
So, for your peace of mind, pick up a radon test kit or contact your local contractor to set up the test for you. If you have any questions or want more information about radon, the Ontario Lung Association is a good resource for you to contact. You can reach the Ontario Lung Association at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or send an email to email@example.com. You can also check out www.on.lung.ca/radon for more information on radon and tips on how to keep the air quality in your home healthy for you and your family.
|Ontario Lung Association’s air quality coordinator Connie Wong shows how easy it is to do radon testing in your home. Radon, a leading cause of lung cancer is odourless and undetectable in your home without proper testing.||1.23 MB|