Radon Test Kit Challenge 2020

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 for distribution this Fall.

The Air Quality program of the Central Okanagan with the support of Interior Health, Take Action on Radon and all local municipalities will provide 400 FREE radon test kits and a radon awareness webinar to interested residents within the Central Okanagan.

WHO QUALIFIES?

  • 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.

HOW MANY TESTS KITS ARE AVAILABLE?

  • 400 free radon test kits will be available for those who register on a first-come, first serve basis and attend the free webinar. Registered participants must pick up their kit November 2-6 from their local government office. Any additional registrations will go to a waiting list.
  • Limited to ONE free radon test kit per property.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

REGISTER FOR FREE TEST KIT

Due to overwhelming response, all 400 Free kits are no longer available.  If you still wish to register, you will be put on a waiting list should any of those who pre-registered, not claim their free kit.

Register here for the waiting list to receive a free radon test kitRadonchallenge1 
Deadline to register October 26

If you would like to purchase one of 100 available kits for a reduced price of $20 (cash or cheque only) please follow this link.

RADON AWARENESS WEBINAR

Residents can learn about radon risks, how to take action on radon, resources and tools available, and ask questions during a Free Radon Awareness webinar on:

  • Wednesday October 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm
  • Webinar is limited to 500 participants – registration details and invitations to pre-register will be sent in October.

Steps

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Collection Points

Registered Residents living within*:  Community Pick up/drop off Collection Point   Pick up date** First Week of November (2-6)  Drop off after 100 days*** Last Week of February (22-26) 
Westbank First Nation   Community Services building, 1900 Quail Lane Westbank, BC V4T 2H3   8:30 AM-4:30 PM  8:30 AM-4:30 PM 
City of West Kelowna  West Kelowna City Hall 2760 Cameron Rd, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6   8:30 AM-4:30 PM  8:30 AM-4:30 PM 
Lake Country  District of Lake Country Office, 10150 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country, BC V4V 2M1   8:30 AM-4:30 PM  8:30 AM-4:30 PM 
City of Kelowna  City Hall 1435 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4  8:00 AM-4:00 PM  8:00 AM-4:00 PM 
RDCO (East and West)  Regional District of Central Okanagan, 1450 KLO Road Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4  8:00 AM-4:00 PM  8:00 AM-4:00 PM 
Peachland  Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6th Street, Peachland, BC   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM  10:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM 

Important

* Your free radon test kit must be picked up at the designated local government office location you pre-registered for
** If you miss the pickup dates - The radon test kit will be immediately reassigned to other residents on the waiting list.
*** If you miss the drop off dates - Your radon test kit can still be analysed, but it will have to be mailed at your own cost. Shipping addressTBD

What To Do With The Test Results

Health Canada and health experts recommend action should be taken to reduce radon exposure:

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FAQ

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?

  1. If you couldn’t get a free test or need additional radon test kits to screen your home/building, the RDCO office ( 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4 ) has a limited amount  of radon test kits available for sale $20 each (online registration only) to any resident in the Central Okanagan:
  • Register here to purchase a radon test kit – Deadline to register October 26, 2020
  • Only 100 Radon test kits are available for sale. Maximum 2 radon test kits can be purchased per property.
  • Pick up and payment $20 each (cash-cheque) during the week of November 2 to 6, 2020 exclusively at the RDCO office (1450 KLO Rd)   
  • Reduced price per radon test kit - $20 each (cash-cheque payable to Regional District of Central Okanagan)

Radon detectors plus the cost of shipping to the lab normally cost approximately $60, so this is an excellent opportunity for Central Okanagan residents to test their homes at a reduced cost. Radon Kits are also available for purchase through the BC Lung Association Radon Aware. Long term kits are recommended.

 
 
 
Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@rdco.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)