Radon is a radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium in soils... and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Canadians are exposed to radon when it escapes from the ground into the air. Concentrations outdoors are low, but radon can become trapped and accumulate in buildings, reaching high levels. You can't see, smell or taste radon. The only way to determine whether radon levels are high in your house is to run a test.
The David Suzuki Foundation encourages governments and individuals to take action on radon. Read more about our policy recommendations in the 2015 report, Revisiting Canada's Radon Guideline, and test your home for radon.
- Information and online sales of radon detectors from the BC Lung Association
- Information and online sales of radon detectors from the Association pulmonaire du Québec
- Information on ordering a radon test from the Radiation Safety Institute
- Businesses specializing in radon detection and mitigation (Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists)
- Directory of certified radon professionals
- National Radon Action Campaign
- Health Canada's Radon Reduction Guide