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November 12, 2015 06:30 ET

30 Chest X-Rays per Year: The Amount of Radiation Exposure From Radon Gas Received by 7% of Canadian Households

7% of Canadian Households Are Exposed to Radioactive Radon Gas Above the Canadian Limit of 200bq/m3. Yearly Radiation Received From This Exposure Is Equivalent to That From 30 Medical Chest X-Rays.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - November 12, 2015) -, a provider of radon testing kits in Canada, revealed today that government research indicates that 7% of Canadian homes have dangerously high levels of radon gas. This finding comes from a Health Canada survey that checked radon gas levels in Canadian homes and found that about 7% of them had levels above the 200 Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3) Canadian safe limit.

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that can accumulate in homes and cause lung cancer. It is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

The Canadian guideline limit of 200 Bq/m3 is the level at which Health Canada recommends remedial action to reduce radon levels.

"Consider an average Canadian who spends about half their day at home, sleep time included, the yearly radiation exposure from radon gas at the guideline level of 200 Bq/m3 is equivalent to radiation exposure from 30 chest x-rays," says Barry Obondo, Radon Consultant at "The exposure is even higher for homes that test above the guideline."

This level of radiation is about three times the radiation people receive from non-radon natural background radiation sources. Exposure to this level is dangerous because our lungs are exposed when we inhale radon. In the lungs, radon breaks down to release potent radiation by-products that can cause injury to lung tissue and lead to development of lung cancer.

Exposure to high levels of radon gas for a long period of time is a serious health issue. Health Canada states that "On average, 16% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to radon exposure in Canada." This amounts to over 3,000 deaths in 2014 alone.

Radon can be found all over the Canada. All homes have some level of radon; the question is how much has accumulated in a home? People cannot see, taste or smell it; and there are no easy ways to predict radon levels in a home. Testing is the only way to find out. This can be achieved by using a radon test kit or by hiring a radon measurement professional.

If you are using a DIY test kit, ensure that it is for a long term test. "A long term test is recommended because it gives a more reliable reading of average radon exposure," says Mr. Obondo.

If high radon levels are found in a home, it can be reduced at reasonable cost. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs.

"Many people don't know that safeguarding their family from radon gas is easy. There are simple ways to test for radon and effective ways to reduce it" says Mr. Obondo.

November is National Radon Action Month in Canada; every homeowner is encouraged to test their home for radon gas.

About provides Canadians with affordable and approved do-it-yourself (DIY) radon test kits that allow Canadians to test their homes and businesses for radon gas. ships to all Canadian provinces.

For more information, visit

The Canadian Nation Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) implements radon guidelines and certifies radon professionals in Canada.

Find a radon professional in your area at

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