For the month of November, radon test kits can be purchased from our external certified radon specialist as a discounted price ($35). Additionally, if you purchase test kits in November, you can choose to pick up the test kits from one of Public Health’s offices in Guelph, Fergus or Orangeville. If you choose to pick up your test kit from a Public Health office, test kits will be available for pick up between December 10th – 21st. (The discounted price and Public Health office pick up option are only available in November.)
You can purchase a test kit online at Safetech Environmental Ltd.
What is Radon?
Radon – you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but this naturally occurring gas can leak into your home from soil, rock and groundwater. It’s also the second leading cause of lung cancer.
The most common points of entry for radon are cracks in the foundation, drains and spaces around pipes. In enclosed spaces, typically on the lowest level of your home is where the gas can accumulate.
High levels of radon present a health risk: radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The risks of developing lung cancer from radon are greater for smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke. The only way to know the level of radon in your home is to test for it.
Testing your home for radon is easy and inexpensive. We suggest using an approved long-term radon detector (from this list of approved devices) for at least three months. The best time to test is between September and April, when windows and doors are usually closed. If the radon level in your home is high, there are steps that you can take to lower it.
Upcoming Radon and Lung Cancer Information Nights
Monday, November 5, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
West End Recreation Centre, 21 Imperial Rd S., Guelph
Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Alder St Recreation Centre, 275 Alder St, Orangeville
Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex, 550 Belsyde Ave. E., Fergus