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More free radon test kits available to Central Okanagan residents

Additional radon test kits are available to Central Okanagan residents, free of charge.

According to the RDCO, residents have overwhelmingly responded to register for a free radon gas testing kit.

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Therefore, the Air Quality program has arranged to make more free kits available.

The British Columbia Lung Association Healthy Indoor Environment Program (HIE) is collaborating with the national Take Action on Radon initiative to provide 1000 extra radon testing kits so that more Central Okanagan residents will learn about the prevalence of radon in their home.

Residents can go online to learn more about radon gas and register for their free test kit by Monday, October 26.

The program is offering one free test kit per property, and limited quantities are available.

Kits must be picked up November 2-13 from the residents’ local government office.

Those receiving a kit will be asked to follow the instructions for completing the 91-day minimum test and return their kit to their local government office in late February 2021.

Individual test results will be available and sent to each participant in early Spring 2021.

“Radon is a naturally occurring odourless, tasteless, colourless radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers,” explains the RDCO.

“With some Canadians spending more time at home this year because of the pandemic and cooler fall conditions starting to settle-in, it is more important than ever that they know what their home radon level is and ensure the air they breathe is healthy.”



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