Radon Exposure A Real Risk

The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit is renewing its call for residents to test their homes for radon gas.

According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.

“They did a study a couple years ago and from that study they had selected homes at random and tested them and found that Chatham-Kent is in a high-risk area,” says Rose Marie Arndt, manager of environmental programs. “They consider us to be the second highest (in Ontario) in terms of risk of radon in the house.”

The best time to test your home is in the winter months, when the windows are kept closed for an extended period of time. Radon is colourless, odourless and tasteless, and can increase your risk of developing lung cancer if you are exposed to it at high levels.

Test kits are available at most hardware stores or from the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit.