Recently I did a test for radon in our home on Selkirk Hill and found it to be higher than Health Canada’s recommended limit of 200 Becquerel’s per cubic meter. You can go to Health Canada’s website for more information on Radon Gas. I have heard many houses up on the benches in town and out of town have higher radon levels. Knowing nothing about radon I did a bit of research on it. One of the most alarming statistics I read was if you have radon levels great than 400 b/m3 your chances of getting lung cancer are about 10%.
I called a few folks after I tested who also had elevated radon levels and inquired about what they were doing to fix the problem. Most of them said they were not doing anything. To be honest, I was a bit surprised at their answers. When I knew our household levels were above the recommended limits, I made it a priority to fix the problem as I don’t want anyone in our house exposed to a gas that can give them lung cancer.
Radon Mitigation (google it for more info) is not difficult but so important. There are many different things you can do to help bring levels down and all of them will cost you time and money – probably somewhere in the range of $500 to $3000 depending on what your fix is.
Being proactive and taking steps to decrease radon gas in our households will hopefully decrease our chances of developing lung cancer. Many people I talked to said it was too expensive, but to be honest with you, spending the money to fix the problem now will be a whole lot less expensive than getting cancer. After your levels have been corrected it’s peace of mind knowing you are not breathing in a poisonous gas.
I encourage everyone to test their homes, if the radon level is found to be high, it can be fixed.