Take ac­tion on radon in your home

Calgary Sun - Homes - - Homes - Myke Thomas CAL­GAR­Y­SUN

The month of Novem­ber is Radon Ac­tion Month, re­mind­ing Cal­gar­i­ans of the dan­gers of radon, a can­cer­caus­ing, ra­dioac­tive gas that you can­not see, smell or taste.

While radon aware­ness is grow­ing, many peo­ple are still un­aware of radon’s pres­ence or the dan­gers of leav­ing radon un­de­tected. Here’s what you need to know to take ac­tion on radon from First Alert.

n Hid­den threat: The ma­jor­ity of radon comes from the soil, so this poi­sonous gas can seep through cracks or open­ings in a home’s foun­da­tion, caus­ing un­healthy amounts to ac­cu­mu­late in the air. Radon is nearly im­pos­si­ble to de­tect through hu­man senses alone, but ex­po­sure is pre­ventable with the right tools and aware­ness.

n The risk: Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Radon De­fense, radon is the lead­ing cause of lung can­cer among non-smokers, re­sult­ing in more than 20,000 can­cer deaths each year. To put this into per­spec­tive, more deaths are linked to radon each year than to drunk driv­ing, falls in the home, drown­ing or home fires.

n Take ac­tion: The only way to de­tect haz­ardous radon lev­els in­side the home is with a test­ing kit, such as the First Alert Radon Gas Test Kit, which of­fers home­own­ers has­sle­free peace of mind. Sim­ply set the kit out for 24 hours and then mail it to the spec­i­fied ad­dress for re­sults. Kits are avail­able for less than $15 and are sold at many lo­cal and na­tional re­tail­ers.

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