New Short Term Radon Test Kits Available
Prince George, B.C. – There is now a quicker way to find out if your home has unacceptable levels of radon.
Radon is a naturally occurring, colourless, odourless gas caused by the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. Health Canada estimates as many as 16 percent of lung cancer deaths can be attributed to radon exposure.
According to a recent Health Canada survey, 29 percent of Prince George homes have radon levels above Health Canada’s action guideline. Notably, more than half of the homes in the “V2M” area code have radon levels above this threshold.
That information prompted the City to declare last November “Radon Awareness Month” and to offer long term test kits at a reduced price.
Results of those tests are not yet available.
Typically, radon testing equipment is placed in a home’s lowest level for several months as levels can fluctuate over the seasons. The BC Lung Association has now partnered with Radon Environmental Management Corp to provide a fast and accurate way to find out if your home, school or workplace has potentially unhealthy indoor radon levels.
The BC Lung Association, in partnership with Radon Environmental Management Corp is making two short term tests available. One produces results within 48 hours, the other produces results over one month. Long term testing takes three months to a year.
The 48 hour test costs between $250 and $300 while the 30 day test costs $60 dollars.
The BC Lung Association recommends those who opt for a short term test also conduct a longer term test, just to make sure the short term results are accurate and are consistently low, or high over the longer period of time.
If the test results show high concentrations of radon, mitigating measures can be taken by installing a pipe and fan system beneath the foundation of a home.
Kits can be purchased online through RadonAware.ca .