"I don’t remember hearing anything about radon gas in my early years as a realtor. When I finally did hear about it I was told that it was basically a non-issue here in Alberta, with the potential for some minor issues in the foothills, where pockets of radon were in the rock beds. However, in 2015 the building code in Alberta changed to put in place soil gas control measures, including a radon pipe that could be ready for radon ventilation if required." READ MORE
Radon gas is prevalent across the prairies and a Calgary scientist is trying to determine how widespread the risk is in the city.
The preliminary data is concerning.
“One in five (homes) are over the maximum acceptable limit. That’s quite high and very surprising,” said Aaron Goodarzi, an assistant professor at U of C’s Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute. He is spearheading a project to collect data to map the prevalence of the cancer-causing gas. So far, the team has tested 268 homes and aims to have 1,000 homeowners enrolled by the end of January. Read More
The government of Canada is gearing up for another public education push linked to radon, a potentially harmful gas lurking in high concentrations in close to 1 in 10 Canadian homes.
The long-term effects of inhaling the odourless, colourless, radioactive gas have been known for years, but it’s only in the last decade that Health Canada has made a concerted effort to educate people about radon. Read More.