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Radon is a colourless, odourless, tasteless radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is released into the air during the natural breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil. Once released, radon breaks down into radioactive elements that can attach to dust and other substances in the air we breathe. It’s also a common type of radiation exposure.
The Canadian Cancer Society believes all Ontarians have the right to know if they are being exposed to cancer-causing substances so they can make informed decisions affecting about their health. We recommend that the Government of Ontario adopts the National Building Code guidelines regarding radon mitigation into Ontario’s Building Code and conduct a public education program on radon. Learn more about this recommendation and take action at takeaction.cancer.ca.