Radiation Safety Institute of Canada supports the initiative taken by the Canadian Cancer Society to provide free radon tests to Vancouver islanders and encourages British Columbia residents to take this opportunity and to get their homes tested.
On July 19, 2016 in the article Radon Risk? Free radon test kits for Vancouver Island, Check News reported that 600 free test kits are available from the Canadian Cancer Society for the three Vancouver Island targeted communities; Nanaimo, Colwood and Gordon Head area. “There’s been some testing done on the Island in recent years, but it’s been limited, so our project is seeking to send out a larger number of test kits and see what the potential could be,” says Jenny Byford of the Canadian Cancer Society.
The article quotes Kelley Bush of the Canadian Cancer Society to say, “Radon gas comes from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. When it comes out of the ground outside it gets diluted and it’s not a health concern, but if it finds a way into an enclosed space, like a home, then it can accumulate to high levels and it becomes a health risk”.
With this free program it has never been easier to test your home for radon and remember, if you find that radon levels are elevated it is not a difficult issue to fix. With the program in place, there is simply no reason to put this off.
Please see a short two minute news clip for more information on the program and remember you can always reach out to us for any questions about radon.