Radon is a colourless, odourless gas that surfaces from the decay of uranium. In small doses, radon is harmless, but prolonged exposure can lead to lung cancer. In fact, behind smoking, radon exposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, and it’s a big problem in Manitoba.
“Manitoba has more homes than any other province with higher than acceptable radon levels, according to Health Canada guidelines,” said Sheila McIntosh of the Manitoba Lung Association. “As people become aware of this, it is important to have solutions that provide Manitobans an affordable way to reduce their radon levels.”
As a result, Manitoba Hydro is now providing homeowner loans to help fund radon reduction measures. They recommend starting out with a test for your home: according to a Health Canada survey, 24% of homes in the province test above the acceptable levels for safe exposure.
You can find radon testing kits at most home improvement stores. To access Manitoba Hydro’s homeowner loan program please visit www.hydro.mb.ca/loans. To see a list of qualified measurement and mitigation professionals please visit www.c‐nrpp.ca. Manitobans are reminded that if they proceed with radon mitigation with a contractor who is not certified or approved by Manitoba Hydro, they may not be eligible for the loan program and the contractor may not be trained appropriately in radon mitigation.