Free Radon Test Kits Available from Public Health

Written by admin, December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014 – Protect Your Family from Invisible Cancer-Causing Gas

The Peterborough Public Health has a limited supply of free radon test kits available to local residents.

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium found inScreen Shot 12-02-14 at 09.13 AM rock and soil.  It can enterbuildings through cracks in foundation floors and walls, gaps in service pipes, open floor drains, or any other area of exposed soil.  The likelihood of a radon problem cannot be predicted by the age or location of a home; all homes are at risk.

Long-term exposure to high levels of radon greatly increases your risk of lung cancer.  According to the World Health Organization, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

It is easy to test for radon.  Just put the detector in the lowest lived-in level of your home, and leave it there for three months.  Afterwards, mail it away to the lab and they will send you the results.  (Public Health kits even include the shipping fee.)

Free kits are available by dropping by Public Health offices located at 185 King Street, Peterborough (across from the Peterborough Regional Health Centre). So come and pick up your free radon test kit today and take action on radon!

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For further information, please contact:
Wanda Tonus
Public Health Inspector
(705) 743-1000, ext. 285