DID YOU KNOW?
Radon – a natural occurring gas from the ground –
can build up indoors and is the second leading cause of lung cancer
What is Radon?
Radon is an active and dangerous gas that is released from the ground when uranium breaks down in soils and rocks. When radon is released outdoors it’s not harmful since the fresh air weakens it, but when released indoors it can build up and pose health risks, specifically lung cancer. This gas can seep into homes through any opening that touches the ground.
The Connection to Lung Cancer
Long-term exposure to radon, especially at high levels, can cause lung cancer, and the risk is even higher for smokers. Dr. Parveen Bhatti, principal investigator in Cancer Epidemiology & Prevention at BC Cancer says, “Radon gas exposure is one of the lesser-known causes of lung cancer but is an important risk factor.”
Radon in BC Homes
British Columbians have a new interactive map created by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) that shows radon levels in homes across the province, and also estimates the risk of lung cancer risk. The BCCDC insists that radon testing is the only way to know the level of this gas in your home. Testing is recommended for all homeowners, but especially those who live in areas with higher levels of this gas and those who smoke.
Need to Get Your Home Tested?
Sterling IAQ Consultants, a subsidiary of Keystone Environmental, provides radon testing services. Our professionals are certified by the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program and can help homeowners assess options and decide the correct action.
We would be glad to assist you to ensure you and your family are living in a healthy environment and minimize any health and cancer risks inside your home.
Contact us to learn more.