SOURCE: Ontario Lung Association

Ontario Lung Association

November 02, 2015 09:00 ET

Home Reno Expert Mike Holmes Jr. Says Every Homeowner Should Test for Deadly Radon

New TV Awareness Campaign Launched for Radon Action Month

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 02, 2015) - Seven per cent of Canadians live in homes with unsafe levels of radon -- and it's killing more than 3,000 of us every year. Radon exposure is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is responsible for one in six lung cancer deaths.

That's why the Ontario Lung Association is joining forces with television personality and home renovation expert Mike Holmes Jr.in November -- Radon Action Month -- to launch a new public awareness campaign urging homeowners to test their houses for radon.

"Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the ground, and it can get into your home through cracks and openings in the foundation," said Mike Holmes Jr. "You can't see it or smell it but it's found in every home in Canada -- and at high levels, it can be lethal."

Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. You can contact a radon professional using the directory at www.takeactiononradon.ca/test or order a test kit online at www.checkforradon.ca.

And if you do find high levels, help is not far away. "A professional contractor certified by the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program can offer expert advice on the best mitigation method," said Connie Choy, air quality coordinator with the Ontario Lung Association. "It might mean simply sealing the major entry routes for radon. Or it could involve improving ventilation or installing an active soil depressurization system."

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For more information about radon or other lung health issues, call The Lung Association Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864)

The Ontario Lung Association is a registered charity that provides information, education and funding for research to improve lung health. The organization focuses on the prevention and control of asthma and chronic lung disease, tobacco control and clean air. The Lung Health Information Line -- 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) -- is staffed by certified respiratory educators.

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