WINNIPEG, MB, Nov. 17, 2022 /CNW/ – Homeowners across the country have been asking for support to offset the cost of reducing radon in their homes. Finally, some provinces and regions are offering grants that help cover the costs of radon mitigation for families.
Radon gas can cause serious health problems in canada.
“Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and if you smoke the combined risk is even higher. The only way to determine if your home has high levels of radon is to test. We encourage people in canada to test their homes for radon as soon as possible and take action to reduce levels if necessary,” said Lynn Muradsenior specialist cancer prevention with the Canadian Cancer Society.
Testing is important because radon is a colorless, odourless, tasteless gas, but testing is only the first step for prevention. The federal government recommends installing a radon mitigation system if a home tests above 200 Bq/m3.
“Testing for radon is inexpensive and easy to do, however reducing radon is really what reduces cancer risk,” said Dr. Anne-Marie Nicolan associate professor of health science at SFU, “anything that supports mitigation is a move in the right direction.”
Radon mitigation systems are very effective at reducing radon levels. When installed by a C-NRPP professional, systems will be properly sized for the home making them energy efficient. Installation is straightforward and can generally be completed in a day. However, the costs can be burdensome. According to research conducted across the country, the average installation cost is approximately $3,000.
There are glimmers of hope for those with high radon levels, as long-awaited funding initiatives emerge. Grants to offset the …