Mike Holmes: Radon is our second silent killer — and testing your home is the only solution

Safety first

National Post | Life

We turned the clocks back an hour last weekend — it’s also a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors (since batteries need to be changed twice a year, doing it when the clocks change makes it easy to remember). If you haven’t done it yet, do it now.

But it’s also time to think about another silent killer in every home — radon.

November is Radon Action Month, aimed at boosting awareness of the gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. If you’re a smoker and have elevated radon levels in your home, over time your chances of developing lung cancer is one in three. It’s estimated that radon causes 3,200 lung cancer deaths a year in Canada.

What really gets me is that these deaths could be avoided.

First, what’s radon?

Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive…

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