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RDCO offering free radon test kits on a first come first serve basis

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is offering free radon test kits to residents on a first come, first serve basis.

According to the regional district, the Central Okanagan is considered by the federal government to be at a high risk for this radioactive gas that escapes from the ground into buildings.

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“Radon is an odourless and invisible gas that can be found inside any building,” said the RDCO in a release. “As the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, high levels of radon in your home could be making you and your family sick.”

There are only 400 kits available, and you can register for one online until Oct. 26, 2020.

Residents are limited to one free test kit per property, and must be picked up the week of November 2-6 from their local government office.

Those receiving a kit will be asked to follow the instructions for completing the 90-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.

There are also 50 test kits available for purchase for those who either miss the free giveaway or need additional kits to test indoor spaces.

A maximum of two test kits can be purchased per property and must be reserved in advance by completing an online pre-registration form by October 26. Radon test kits typically cost $60 but this 50-kit purchase option is being offered through the Air Quality Program at a subsidized price of $20.

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