Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is a naturally occurring gas found in the ground throughout the world. Most buildings will contain some amount of radon gas but the only way to know if levels are high is to conduct a radon test..
According to the Radon Potential Map for British Columbia, the relative radon hazard for most of the Central Okanagan area is considered Zone 1-High.
Health Canada recommends efforts should be taken to get radon to as far below the Canadian Guideline of 200 Bq/m3. To determine radon levels, buildings should be tested. Most buildings can reduce the radon to levels well below the guideline at reasonable costs.
Take Action on Radon is a national initiative, funded by Health Canada, to bring together radon stakeholders and raise awareness on radon across Canada. In January 2020, the Central Okanagan applied to the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge and was awarded 400 free radon kits which were distributed in fall 2020.
The Healthy Indoor Environments program (HIE) at the British Columbia Lung Association works to advance education, awareness and law and policy reform to address radon. As part of its Community Testing Project, HIE is collaborating with Take Action on Radon on this project. HIE contributed 1000 additional test kits as part of ensuring residents of the Central Okanagan can know radon prevalence in their communities. Funding for this project has been made possible by the Vancouver Foundation.
The Air Quality program of the Central Okanagan with the support of Interior Health, Take Action on Radon, the British Columbia Lung Assoication, the Vancouver Foundation and all local municipalities provided 1400 FREE radon test kits and a radon awareness webinar to interested residents within the Central Okanagan.
Returning Radon Test Kits - Closed
- If you missed the drop off dates (Feb. 22-Mar. 5) - Your radon test kit can still be analysed. You are responsible for the cost of mailing it to the lab for analysis - SRC, 143-111 Research Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 3R2.
- Follow the instructions for dropping off your test kit - You must complete the start/end survey to receive your results
When will the results be ready?
- following a lab analysis, you will receive the results around mid-April 2021
What To Do With The Test Results
Health Canada and health experts recommend action should be taken to reduce radon exposure:
Radon Reduction Sweepstakes 2020-2021- Take Action on Radon
Take Action on Radon (TAOR) and the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) have partnered to offer a total of $10,000 in prizes for a National Radon Reduction Sweepstakes!
Qualifying homeowners who have tested their home for radon and taken action to reduce levels to below Health Canada’s recommended guideline of 200 Bq/m3 have a chance to win a rebate of up to $1,000 towards the cost of the radon reduction method in their home.
If you have mitigated your home between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 submit your entry online here.
Is there going to be another Free Radon detector program in 2021?
- Yes, but a very limited number of test kits will be available for registration. More information is expected in mid-late August 2021.
- Residents living within the Central Okanagan region including; City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan (East and West), City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation.
2020 RADON AWARENESS WEBINAR - View Recorded Facebook Webinar
The free Radon Awareness webinar on Wednesday, October 28 outlined radon risks, how to take action on radon, resources and tools available, and provided answered questions from registered participants.
The only way to know the level of radon is to test for radon in indoor places.
To learn more about Radon check the FAQs.
WHERE CAN I BUY A RADON TEST?
- Radon Kits are available for purchase through the BC Lung Association Radon Aware. Long term kits are recommended.