The only sure way to know if radon levels in your home are too high is to test. A long-term do-it-yourself kit can be purchased from your local home improvement store. The test, including analysis and reporting, costs between $50.00 and $80.00.
Health Canada recommends that you should follow up with a radon professional about radon mitigation, if your test results come back higher than 200 becquerels per meter cubed. Radon mitigation costs between $1500.00 and $3000.00, depending on your home.
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Meet Janet. Lung cancer survivor and radon awareness advocate.
In 2009, Janet Whitehead regularly went to the gym but her breathlessness extended far beyond a run on the treadmill. When she also developed a persistent cough, Janet decided to speak to her doctor.
She was sent for some tests which later revealed devastating news. The then 55-year-old had lung cancer.
As a non-smoker she was shocked by the news and decided to look into other explanations and found a suspect – radon gas. Colourless, odourless and tasteless, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada.
She decided to have her current and previous homes tested for radon gas. One of her former homes in Ottawa tested at 16 times higher than Health Canada’s radon guideline. As a stay-at-home mom, Janet spent about 18 hours a day in that home, mostly working from the basement where radon levels are more prevalent.
Radon is responsible for 850 deaths in Ontario each year. Yet few people have taken action on this issue. According to a 2015 study by the Canadian Cancer Society, 90 per cent of Ontario families do not know radon causes cancer and only 5 per cent had tested their homes.
“Most people aren’t aware that radon causes lung cancer. Testing your home for radon is inexpensive and it can save your life,” says Janet. “As a lung cancer survivor whose cancer is connected to radon, I am really passionate about helping people learn more about radon testing. I encourage everyone to have their home tested.”