HALIFAX, N.S. – Svetlana Barkanova was convinced by her findings that every home in Nova Scotia must be tested for radon. Four years ago, the Memorial University of Newfoundland physics professor and environmental radiation expert randomly tested homes across the province for the cancer-causing uranium byproduct. Continue Reading
Recent research into the amount of indoor radon concentrations in our homes suggests that the planet’s need to create more energy efficient living is also leading to increased radon related cancer deaths.
d come November, I’m going to talk about radon. Why? November is Radon Action Month and, for me, that’s my reminder to talk about this deadly toxic gas. Long term exposure to radon can lead to higher instances of lung cancer.
We have come a long way from the early 2000s when the Lung Association advocated on behalf of Canadians to lower the guidelines for indoor exposure to radon gas. In 2007 the Government lowered the guideline from 800 to 200 Bq/m3. This was an important milestone that enabled the government to create radon awareness programs and work with radon specialists to create best practice guidelines for radon measurement and mitigation.
One thing that is really hard with this new company is that people do not seem to understand the seriousness of Radon exposure. This gas is DEADLY! It does not discriminate, it will attack anyone. It is #2 Leading Cause of Lung Cancer (second only to smoking)
We wear seat belts or rely on air bags to protect us in case of a car accident – we have smoke detectors in our homes in case of a fire – we have carbon monoxide detectors in case our heating system malfunctions; so why do we think that detecting radon is not important?