Now Is the Time to Test for Dangerous Radon Gas

Did you know that 1 in 6 homes tested in Western Canada has dangerously high levels of Radon Gas?1 Radon is radioactive gas that occurs when radium in soil and rock breaks down – it is invisible, odorless and tasteless but can accumulate to unnaturally high and dangerous levels in our homes. Radon gas emits radiation that damages your DNA and can damage your lungs with long-term exposure. It is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers with chronic exposure. Children and babies are more sensitive than adults as they breathe 2-3 times faster than adults.2 Recent public awareness campaigns have been urging homeowners to test radon levels in their homes.

October through May is the best time to accurately test for radon. During spring and summer months, windows are opened more and increased air flow in your homes prevents accurate readings. During fall and winter when homes are more sealed, radon gas can accumulate to much higher levels than in the outdoors, potentially posing a health hazard to you and your loved ones. A simple and inexpensive test with a small “alpha track” device conducted over a period of 90+ days and then sent for a lab analysis can accurately reveal if radon gas levels are within acceptable levels in your home. If elevated levels above 200 Bq/m3 (Becquerels per cubic meter) are detected, Health Canada recommends mitigation.

Effective mitigation systems can lower radon in your home to safe levels and usually involves piping and a fan unit to remove gas coming from the ground through the foundation. Work can usually be completed in 1-2 days with a cost at around $3,500 (about the cost of a small furnace or A/C unit) — well worth the peace of mind, so you and your family can breathe easy.

If you haven’t already tested your home for radon, you can purchase a test kit and learn more by visiting

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~Anita Lamarche, REALTOR®, CIR Realty 403.818.9623