Radon can become trapped and accumulate in your home and other buildings unless systems are installed to prevent it. The BC Building Code now requires “radon rough-ins”—basic systems that can be upgraded once homes are occupied to ensure radon levels remain under Canada’s Radon Guideline. BC Lung Association and Simon Fraser University are conducting a study to… Read more →
Radon is a class I human carcinogen according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and is recognized by international authorities and experts as the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. It is estimated that over 3000 Canadians die of radon-induced lung cancer each year. Elevated radon is easy to detect and… Read more →
In recognition of World Cancer Day, WHO has launched a new National Radon Database on policies and regulations, as well as an updated Fact sheet on “Radon and health” and a news story, and several tweets. The scientific evidence is now clear that radon, a radioactive gas, is responsible for a sizeable portion of lung… Read more →
The Saskatchewan government has announced a renovation tax credit which includes radon mitigation. This is ground breaking announcement as the first tax credit in Canada which covers radon mitigation. You can find details about the tax credit on the Saskatchewan Lung Association’s webpage here: https://www.lungsask.ca/about-us/news-room/news/2021/01/lung-association-partnership-take-action-radon-coalition-commends The tax credit is a credit which is developed for… Read more →
Welcome to November 2020! Of course, it’s been said before that 2020 is a year like no other, however when it comes to radon awareness, we think there’s a more positive feel to it. Prior to March 2020, we were seeing more groups engage in radon then ever before and this November, it seems like… Read more →
In 2019, the National Radon Program (NRP) worked with the Privy Council Office Impact & Innovation Unit to perform a Behaviour Intervention and Trial Project. The results of this small pilot project found that behaviourally informed radon outreach postcards did increase the number of test kits purchased, but only slightly. In 2020 the NRP launched… Read more →
York Region Public Health completed the Radon – Test Your Home study in 2018. The purpose of the study was to assess York Region residents’ awareness of radon and to measure radon levels in approximately 500 York Region homes. Overall, radon levels observed in York Region were relatively low. Almost all homes were below the… Read more →
Take Action on Radon has seen an increasing amount of interest from media to include ‘real life stories’ in their media pieces. In our experience most people have received little training on how to talk with the media and feel more comfortable talking with the media if they have some quick tips from experts. Preparing to… Read more →
Congratulations to the Province of Manitoba on proclaiming November as Lung Health Month and for recognizing that 800-1,000 Manitobans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year and 200 of those are due to radon.
Congratulations to the City of Edmonton on proclaiming November as Radon Action Month and for encouraging Edmontonians to protect themselves by testing for radon gas and by taking action to reduce high levels.