On November 1st, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit launched the ‘Radon: Know Your Level Study’. The study allows residents of Windsor and Essex County to apply for a radon test kit to measure the radon level in their homes. The Health Unit has 1,000 free radon test kits to distribute to eligible homeowners.
“Radon gas is in nearly every home across Canada, and can be very dangerous to your health, yet many people have never tested for it in their own homes,” says Chantelle Botscheller, Health Promotion Specialist for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. “Our goal is to raise awareness about radon, and encourage all homeowners to test their homes this year to find out their levels.”
Exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer and is found at higher levels in Windsor-Essex County than in many other areas of Ontario. In a 2011 Health Canada study, 13.8% of homes tested in Windsor-Essex County were found to have radon levels over the Canadian Guideline of 200 Bq/ m3. This is 1.7 times higher than the provincial average.
The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it.
Residents of Windsor and Essex County who are interested in the ‘Radon: Know Your Level Study’, will be required to complete a survey application. Those selected for the study will be contacted and will receive a FREE radon test kit. Apply online, in person or by phone. Visit www.wechu.org or call the Health Unit 519-258-2146 ext. 1454 for more information.
Eligible applications will be sorted by municipality and chosen for our study on a first-come, first-serve basis.