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.

Interested in consumer-grade electronic radon monitors?-- C-NRPP has released its comparison report--https://c-nrpp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Digital-Device-Report-Oct-2023.pdf

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

Student Skill Testing Contest: The BC Lung Foundation and Interior Health are holding a Student Radon Skill Testing Contest, open to any students in Interior Health, from Grades 4 to 12.

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.

Page Last Updated: 30/11/2023