One in four Manitoba homes have higher than acceptable radon gas levels so the Canadian Cancer Society is urging you to get your home tested for radon gas. Their Program Coordinator Kyra Moshtaghi-Nia explains radon comes from the break down of uranium in our soil and then it seeps into our homes through cracks in our foundation and around our plumbing. She says it’s a radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless so there’s no way to know if it’s in our homes unless we perform a test.
She adds eleven percent of homes in Northern Manitoba have above accepted levels of radon which is the second leading cause of lung cancer. You can pick up a test kit from a hardware store, the Canadian Cancer Society or a radon testing professional.