Health groups in Saskatchewan are encouraging residents to test their homes for radon.
That number amounts to more deaths annually than vehicle collisions, house fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and drownings combined.
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Sandy Hutchison, a radiation specialist with Health Canada, said there is no better time of year than now to test for radon.
“Our homes are closed out because we have winter knocking at the door, the furnace is on [and] that is making the heat rise out of your home, drawing more radon in,” Hutchison said.
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As for symptoms, Hutchison said it’s better to be proactive rather than waiting until you feel sick.
“I would encourage you to test now. It’s really simple. You can get a detector, put it in the occupied area of your home, leave it for about three months and send it off to a lab,” Hutchison said.
“That’s a much better indicator of where your risk stands.”
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Every home and building contains levels of radon, but Frank Kirkpatrick, owner of Master Radon, said installing a sub-slab depressurization system will reduce risk.
“It draws air from out from underneath floor and creates this vacuum under the floor,” Kirkpatrick said. “The radon and the air under the floor travel through a pipe and the fan will direct it outdoors.”
“From the day we install the system, the continuous radon monitor will be monitoring the levels of radon on an hourly basis and the homeowner will always know the radon levels in the home.”
Kirkpatrick said that not many people are aware radon exists, which is why it’s important to spread the message of the danger it can cause.
“I estimate five years ago, 80 per cent of people had never heard of radon and absolutely 80 per cent or more now have heard of radon and have started asking questions,” Kirkpatrick said.
As part of Radon Awareness Month, the Saskatchewan Lung Association is holding an event on Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Executive Royal Hotel in Regina to help educate the public on radon.
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