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Radon Awareness

Radon, a cancer causing, colorless, odorless gas kills up to 20,000 people around the country each year. Here in Wyoming all counties but two are in the high risk zone for radon levels, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

I looked into what this actually means and what we can do to protect ourselves as winter approaches.

Read more here.

Canada’s Largest-Ever Home Radon Testing Results Released

The BC Lung Association on January 26, 2015, released the results of the largest ever community-wide home radon testing project done in Canada. Getting more British Columbians to test their homes for radon – the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking – is a priority for the BC Lung Association. As is ensuring people know how to mitigate a radon problem, if one exists.

During winter 2014, radon test kits were distributed to more than 2000 homes in Prince George and 230 homes in Castlegar and surrounding areas – two areas of the province known to have elevated levels of indoor radon.

Measured in becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3), Health Canada recommends home radon levels not exceed a safety threshold of 200 (Bq/m3).On average, one in three Prince George homes and one in two Castlegar homes tested above Health Canada’s suggested safety threshold.

Radon's Hidden Dangers

When the home they were selling tested higher than the EPA safe limit level on radon, Jacqueline and Jeffrey Spinks of Boylston said they would fix the problem.

A test on the Spinks’ 20-year-old Colonial-style house in June had shown a reading of 6.5 picocuries per liter, which had increased from the 3.9 pCi/L they had measured when they bought the house four years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency safe limit level is 4 pCi/L.

The Spinks were willing to mitigate the radon, but their buyers backed out.

They installed a system with Eagle Environmental, a certified radon mitigation firm in West Boylston, which brought the radon concentration down to 0.4 pCi/L, but the buyers “didn’t want to take a chance,” Mrs. Spinks said.

“Everybody knows if you have a house in Massachusetts, you’re going to have a radon level,” Mrs. Spinks said.