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RM of Lakeshore offering 100 free radon test kits


The Rural Municipality of Lakeshore is taking steps to help protect its residents from the harmful effects of Radon.
Rural Municipality of Lakeshore residents are invited to register for a free radon test kit as part of the annual 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge offered by the national health coalition Take Action on Radon.
Radon is an odourless, tasteless, and colourless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
With Canadians spending more time at home this year because of the pandemic, and winter just around the corner, it is more important than ever that they know what their home radon level is and ensure the air they breathe is healthy.
“We’d like the residents of the Rural Municipality of Lakeshore to be aware of the health risks associated with high radon levels and encourage them to test their homes,” said RM of Lakeshore Reeve Carmen Hannibal.
“Testing your home for radon is simple, and there are proven effective methods to reduce radon that can save lives.”
Residents who wish to take part in the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge are encouraged to register by calling Jacki at 204-733-2423.
Quantities are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Radon is a naturally occurring cancer-causing radioactive gas. It can enter buildings and enclosed spaces undetected. Since Canadian homes are sealed against the weather, radon can become trapped indoors, building up to dangerous levels.
Long-term exposure to high levels of radon damages the DNA in lung tissue and leads to an increased risk of lung cancer. Radon levels vary, even between neighbouring houses, meaning the only way for homeowners to determine their home’s radon level is to test for it.
“On average 58 Canadians will die from lung cancer every day, making it the leading cause of cancer death in Canada,” says Lynn Murad, Cancer Prevention Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society.
“It’s important that Canadians know they can control their risk from radon by testing their homes and reducing their exposure.”
The aim of the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge is to raise awareness and encourage Canadians to take action on radon.
“Now in its third year, the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge has spurred more than 2,000 Canadians to test their homes for radon, an important first step towards protecting themselves and their families from the risk of lung cancer,” said Pam Warkentin, executive director of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) and Project Manager at Take Action on Radon.
“Testing for radon just got a lot easier for residents of the Rural Municipality of Lakeshore. They simply have to register for a free test kit.”
Take Action on Radon is a national initiative that works to bring together radon stakeholders and raise radon awareness across Canada. The initiative is led by CARST, CAREX Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Canadians wishing to learn more about radon and how it affects their health are encouraged to visit www.TakeActiononRadon.ca.

Staff Writer