Take action on radon in your home
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.