NOTE: Free radon test kits are no longer available. The limited supply has been distributed.
Radon causes lung cancer. It is the #1 cause of lung-cancer in non-smokers.
If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon the risk of developing lung cancer is 1 in 3.
The only way to know the radon level in YOUR HOME is to test for it!
The Grey Bruce Health Unit is participating in a Radon Awareness Campaign with Health Canada. The objective of the project is to raise awareness about Radon and to get a better understanding of Radon levels throughout the Grey Bruce Health region. It is not known if there is a Radon concern in any particular community or home. However, as a precaution and to raise awareness as many homes as possible are being encouraged to test.
Kits are available at local home building stores and online through the Take Action on Radon and Lung Association websites.
Call the Health Unit 519-376-9420 or check out our website for more information.
Radon Test Kit – Instructions
Read Health Canada’s Radon: Is It In Your Home? information pamphlet
Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions included with your kit
- Remove the device from the bag
- Place the Device in the lowest lived-in level of your home
- Do no touch the device for three months (91 days) after starting
Return the Device to the Lab using the return envelope provided. Be sure to include:
- The device enclosed in the zip lock bag provided
- The completed Data Sheet
Wait for results to be mailed/emailed to you.
Contact the Health Unit if you have any questions
After completion of your test, you will receive results directly from the testing laboratory.
The Canadian guideline for radon in indoor air is 200 Bq/m3.
If you’ve tested your home, and the Radon concentration is above the Canadian guideline of 200 Bq/m3, Health Canada recommends that you take action to lower the concentrations. The higher the Radon concentrations, the sooner action should be taken to reduce levels to as low as practically possible.
While the health risk from Radon exposure below the Canadian guideline is small, there is no level that is considered risk free. It is the choice of each homeowner to decide what level of Radon exposure they are willing to accept.
Click here for the Health Canada’s Radon - Reduction Guide for Canadians
To find a certified radon professional contact:
Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) at 1-855-722-6777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) at email@example.com