Radon is a colourless, odourless gas that is found in soil, rocks and water. Radon has been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada. Health Canada estimates as many as 16 percent of lung cancer deaths can be attributed to radon exposure. Most of the lung cancer risk posed by radon happens in homes.
Many homeowners want to know what the radon level is in their home. In January 2014, the BC Lung Association launched Canada’s largest single community radon testing project in Prince George, BC. This project serves to answer the radon level question for homeowners and tenants, and provide average radon level results for all testing tracked by Postal Code Area (PCA).
The Project offered free radon test kits to 2,000 Prince George homeowners and tenants to test indoor radon levels in their homes. A total of 1,436 test kits, or 71.5 percent of test kits distributed, were returned from across the City.