Radon and Lung Health

Radon is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless radioactive gas that is naturally occuring in soils, but can accumulate in homes, workplaces and other buildings. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in Canada after smoking.

Radon levels vary by location and building design. The British Columbia Radon Map can help you find radon data for your community. Every home and workplace is different and the best way to know radon levels is to test.

To order test kits: Access home radon test kits available for purchase online.

Trusted information: Health and science information on radon is available from Take Action on Radon and from Health Canada. Here is an excellent video on radon from the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health.

RadonAware: We ran this initiative from 2014 to 2019. We have compiled the outputs here

BC Lung radon projects: Our current Healthy Indoor Environments Program has a series of radon projects to advance education, awareness and law reform on radon.

Here are our Recommendations for BC Radon Action.

Tackle Radon Campaign: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba health organizations are working together to on the campaign to spread the message about the importance of testing your home for radon. Get in the game and join our Tackle Radon team to prevent lung cancer - one test, one life, one breath at a time. Visit TackleRadon.ca for more information. 

Page Last Updated: 28/11/2022