Dr. Menn Biagtan, program manager with the BC Lung Association, said recently more people in and around Williams Lake should have their homes tested for radon gas.
Radon is a colourless, odourless gas that is produced from the natural breakdown of uranium rocks and soil. It can enter a home through any openings in the floors and foundations and build up to dangerous levels.
“The more homes we can encourage to test the better because then we will have a better picture of how many homes and families are exposed to high levels of radon in each of the areas,” Biagtan said.
Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and has been found in high concentrations in Northern BC.
People wanting to test their homes for radon gas can obtain a test kit by contacting the BC Lung Association at 1-800-665-LUNG (5864).
The kits cost $30 and come with information about how to perform the test. Alternatively, radon test devices may also be available at local hardware stores. Prices and types can vary.
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