Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium found in rocks and soil. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. Radon gas can enter buildings through cracks in the foundation, gaps around pipes, open floor drains or any other area of exposed soil. When Radon seeps into confined spaces like a house, it can build up to high levels and become harmful.
Every house contains some amount of radon. The likelihood of high Radon levels cannot be predicted by the age or location of a home. The only way to know how much Radon is in your home is to administer a test.
Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark County quoted a 2014 Health Canada survey that found 19.4 per cent of the houses tested in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark had unsafe levels of the gas, making it Canada’s hot spot for Radon.
In order to determine if Radon gas is a problem in North Grenville, the Municipality is seeking more information as it relates to Radon gas exposure levels by becoming a 100 Radon Test Kit Community, and to get a more accurate picture of the need for soil gas remediation in our area for both new and existing homes. The 100 Radon Test Kit challenge is being administered by the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST).
The Ontario Building Code does not currently require Soil Gas Radon control measures. The Code does, however, provide specific construction requirements to remediate the problem where Radon gas has been identified.
The Municipality is inviting residents who would like to request a 100 Radon Test Kit to fill out the form on our website.
For more information on Radon Gas and the 100 Test Kit Challenge, residents are invited to attend a public information night on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Urbandale Arts Centre at the Municipal Centre, 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville.
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November 27, 2019 UPDATE:
100 Radon Test Kit update: Residents of North Grenville who would like to request a 100 Radon Test Kit have until Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm to fill out the form on our website.
Given the overwhelming interest in the kits, the Municipality will select 100 households and contact the successful residents to receive a test kit by December 6, 2019. The kits will be distributed across North Grenville in an effort to maximize reach. Residents who were not selectied for the free 100 test kit are invited to contact the Public Health Unit to purchase a Radon Test Kit for a reduced price of $20.
Click to download November 26, 2019 Presentation: