Dan­ger­ous gas tests urged for homes across al­berta

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - jwood@post­media.com @Jameswoodpress

along with the “gold stan­dard” 90-day test, 1,000 par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gram will be given a five-day test to try in order to look at the ef­fi­cacy of short-term test­ing as a guide­line for stake­hold­ers.

re­me­di­a­tion of a home with high radon lev­els usu­ally costs be­tween $2,000 and $2,500, and con­sists of in­stalling a pipe through the base­ment floor with a fan at­tached to draw the radon out.

build­ing code changes in 2015 re­quired new homes to have a rough-in pipe to make it easy to in­stall a radon re­duc­tion sys­tem if needed.

robyn Luff, the ndp mla for Cal­gary-east, in­tro­duced a pri­vate mem­ber’s bill Tues­day that would re­quire the gov­ern­ment to de­velop ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als and a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign around the dangers of radon gas.

It would also re­quire child­care pro­grams to have their lo­ca­tions tested for radon be­fore li­cences are is­sued or re­newed.

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