Testing your home for radon gas
Testing your home for radon is inexpensive, easy and effective. To accurately find out the amount of radon in your home, all you have to do is purchase our radon testing device. One of the most effective and simplest of tests is called an “alpha track” device, which, over a 90+ day period, will register the Bq/m3 of the indoor air of your home. It requires no electricity and is about the same size as a small hockey puck. These are available for purchase “at cost” through our national study and have the advantage that you will also be helping Canadian cancer prevention research.
Place the device in the lowest level of your home that you or someone spends about 4+ hours a day. This could be your basement, or perhaps the main floor. Do not place the radon test in kitchens, bathrooms, near open windows or other areas with fans or strong air flow, nor should you put them on the floor or ceiling. Areas of the home that no-one spends time in (crawl spaces, furnace room, etc.) are also not ideal. The idea is to test for radon in the air you and your loved ones are breathing regularly.
To best understand your exposure, your radon test should take place for at least three months any time between early September and the end of May. However, an extended test (6 months or more) can be deployed at anytime. The best reading is in fact a full year test. After your test is complete, simply ship your device to a lab and within 3-6 weeks you should receive your confidential reading. It is essential you register both the start and end dates of your test with our online system, otherwise it is not possible to calculate your radon level.