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Keremeos joins 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge

Radon gas is the leading cause of lung-cancer in non-smokers
The Village of Keremeos will be taking on the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge this year. (CKristiansen/Wikimedia Commons)

The Village of Keremeos is the latest community to take on the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge.

The 100 kits will be provided to registered participants in the coming weeks.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally in the ground and is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Canada after smoking. It has no colour, odour, or taste and can accumulate indoors, particularly in basements and ground floors.

Spending long periods of time in rooms where radon is present can increase the chance of developing lung cancer and the risk is higher for people who smoke.

The only way to know the levels of radon in a home is to test for it. Levels can also vary even between neighbouring houses.

To receive your free kit, if you live in Keremeos, use the following link to register:

After registering, you will receive an email with a link to an online Zoom information session on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7:00 p.m. that will cover the 100-day testing period and how to use the testing kit.

Following the information session, registered participants will be notified when the kits are available for pickup.

The kits collect background radon levels inside households for more than 100 days and are then returned so that the levels can be analyzed.

The challenge is put on by Take Action on Radon, with funding provided by Health Canada.

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