What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It can build up in your home undetected, which is problematic as exposure to radon gas is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Recent research from the University of Calgary indicates that one in six homes in western Canada have high radon levels.
What homes can be tested for radon?
Radon screening is usually recommended for people who live in ground-level contact homes, including single-family dwellings, duplexes, townhouses and basement suites. However, you can use the Radon Screening Kit in any home, including apartment buildings, as radon can sometimes be found in non-ground level homes due to poor ventilation.
Where do I put the device?
The Airthing screening device should be placed in rooms at the lowest level of the home where you and your family spend lots of time. Don't put it near a window, door or air vent, and keep it out of direct sunlight and water vapour, as these can all impact the readings.
Why can't these units be borrowed in the Summer?
In the summer months, people tend to leave windows and doors in their homes open, allowing radon to safely dissipate into the atmosphere. As a result, Radon Screening Kits will not be available to borrow between May 1st and August 31st each year, as radon readings are less accurate during the summer.
How long do I need to measure radon levels?
We recommend testing for at least seven days but testing for the full loan period of three weeks will give a more accurate reading.
The Radon Screening Kits should give you an idea of the radon levels in your home. After this preliminary screening, you can decide if you want to continue monitoring your home by purchasing a longer-term radon testing kit.
Please see the guide book in the Kit for more details.
How do I borrow a Radon Screening Kit?
Visit our main branch or check our catalogue by searching “Radon Screening Kit.” Like other items in our collection, the these kits have a three-week loan period with the possibility of two renewals if there are no other customers waiting. Kits are available to borrow between September 1st and April 30th each year.