By Jenn Watt
Published Nov. 14, 2017
Radon is a gas naturally occurring during the breakdown of uranium in the earth.
Typically, as this process happens, radon is dispersed into the air, posing no health risk.
However, if that gas is leaking into a closed space, such as a home, it can be hazardous to health.
“Long-term exposure to high levels of radon in our homes can increase the risk of lung cancer,” according to the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District health Unit.
After smoking, radon gas exposure is the top cause of lung cancer in Ontario.
November is Radon Action Month in Canada, a time to focus attention on an issue that gets relatively little coverage and is seldom acted upon by Canadians.
“More people die from radon gas in this country than from car accidents. And yet, 96 per cent of us still don’t test for it,” The Lung Association warns.
November being the time that most of us start to close up our windows for the nice long winter ahead, this is a good time to test for radon.
The gas typically enters homes through cracks in the foundation, unfinished floors, sump pumps, pipes and other openings.
The good news is there are reliable tests for the gas and professionals who specialize in testing and mitigation systems to remedy the problem.
To find out more, check out the HKPR Health Unit’s website at hkpr.on.ca/infoset/environments/radon.aspx or give them a call 1-866-888-4577. You can also visit The Lung Association’s website, which includes plenty of details on types of do-it-yourself radon testing kits, a list of radon mitigation professionals and more: lungontario.ca/protect-your-breathing/air/radon.
Get on the list
As we reported in last week’s Echo, affordable housing in the county is in high demand.
More than 400 households in the county are on the waitlist for affordable housing with only 237 units available.
That means it will take between three and five years for those on the list to be offered a spot.
A lot can happen in five years. Health can fail, caregivers may no longer be around, money can get tight.
That means for those who are thinking about affordable seniors housing (or simply affordable housing), it wouldn’t hurt to get your name in early.
At Parklane and Echo Hills apartments in Haliburton, you can decline a spot three times before your name will be dropped to the bottom of the list.
The affordable housing in Haliburton regularly gets rave reviews from residents. Located conveniently close to amenities, clean and safe, they’re predictably in high demand.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. If you think one of the units would be right for you in the next four or five years, get on the list. More information: haliburtonhousing.com or call 705-457-3973.