How Two Trips to the Basement Could Save Your Life

How could two trips to the basement possibly save your life or the life of people you love? Do yourself a favour and find out!

There is a lot we don’t know about lung cancer and its causes, but experts say radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer. If you live in a home with high levels of radon for a long time, that increases your likelihood of developing lung cancer.

Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally occurs in rock, soil and water. It can enter into buildings through cracks in the foundation and gaps around things like pipes and drains.

We can’t see, smell or taste radon, but there are ways to detect it. It only takes a couple of simple steps to protect ourselves.

First, purchase an inexpensive radon test. There are at least two kinds of radon tests: short-term and long-term. We have used both. We got ours at the local hardware store. They are readily available.

Next, take a trip down to the basement to start the test. The radon test will monitor for radon in your air while you go about your everyday life.

After the appropriate* amount of time, take that second trip to the basement to retrieve your test. We mailed ours into the lab (easy to do), and they sent our results soon after.**

It’s easy to do this test, and it could save your life and the life of those you love. Don’t delay.

Put “Radon Test” on your shopping list. Do it today!

* There are both short-term and long-term tests. I’ve heard you get more accurate results if you do the long-term (three months) one in the Winter (since we don’t open windows much at that time).  It’s not too late to start one now.

** We do not have a problem with radon, and what a relief to know that! If you have a problem with radon in your house, there are people who can fix it for you. It’s not expensive, especially when you consider the alternative…

More info here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/radon/testing-your-home-radon.html

http://www.lungcancercanada.ca/Lung-Cancer/Radon.aspx

https://www.lung.ca/lung-health/air-quality/indoor-air-quality/radon

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