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Get your free test kit to measure radon gas in your home



Test your home to protect yourself and your family

Newmarket – November is radon action month and The Regional Municipality of York is asking residents for help in measuring radon levels in our community. York Region Public Health is giving away 550 radon test kits to eligible York Region homeowners. The information gathered from the test kits will help homeowners understand radon levels in their homes and make an informed decision on how to protect their health from radon gas.

What is radon?

Radon is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. It is found naturally in the environment and released into the air when the uranium in rock and soil breaks down. Radon can enter a building any place there is an opening in contact with the ground. All homes in contact with the ground will have some radon, often at low levels. Radon can create a health risk if levels are able to build up in poorly ventilated areas of your home, such as basements. The only way to know if the radon level in your home is high is to test for it.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and is attributable to 850 deaths from lung cancer in Ontario each year. The longer you are exposed to radon and the higher the levels, the greater the risk. Smokers exposed to high levels of radon have a higher risk of lung cancer than smoking alone. Since exposure to radon does not produce immediate symptoms, like coughing or headaches, you may not realize you’ve been exposed. That’s why it’s important to test your home for radon.

What can you do about radon?

Homeowners can apply to receive their free radon test kit from York Region Public Health’s Radon – Test Your Home study. Simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself radon test kits can also be purchased from a home improvement retailer for $45 to $70 (additional costs for analysis may apply) or a certified radon professional can be hired to conduct the test. Radon reduction measures should only be done by certified radon mitigation professionals.

To find out if you are eligible to receive a free radon test kit, visit york.ca/radon to complete an eligibility survey or call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-512-6228.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents, 51,000 businesses and 600,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Ben Mulholland, Community and Health Services,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 74067
Email: ben.mulholland@york.ca
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