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Lung is providing up to $1,000 for homeowners in the province of Saskatchewan who pay to have radon removed from their homes.

The Radon Mitigation Reimbursement Program was created in late 2020. The grants are part of the organization’s Caring Breathe financial assistance program, which is funded by Connexus Credit Union. Lung Saskatchewan will provide reimbursement until the financial assistance program funds are exhausted.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in Canada for non-smokers. According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority website, there are about 4,000 lung cancer deaths each year in Canada from exposure to the radioactive gas.

A new report on radon levels in Weyburn found that more than half of the homes tested were above Health Canada’s guideline of 200 Bq/m³.

But Bethany Verma, health promotion co-ordinator for Loong Saskatchewan, said high radon levels are not limited to that city.

“Saskatchewan is definitely a hot spot, we have some of the highest radon levels in the world,” Verma said.

“We have a lot of uranium in our soil in Saskatchewan, so that’s part of why the radon levels are so high.”

hard to detect, expensive to get rid of

Odorless, tasteless and naturally occurring, radon gas is created by the decay of uranium in minerals found in rock, soil and water, according to Lung Cancer Canada.

Radon is most prevalent in homes, but also appears in workplaces and schools. The only way to know if radon is present is to use test kits in indoor locations.

Radon test kits typically cost less than $100, but the national average installation cost of a radon mitigation system is approximately $3,000. According to Take Action on Radon news release,

A new study by researchers at the University of Calgary found that one-third of Canadians who tested high for radon, who then admitted they had a radon exposure issue, are at risk of removing the radioactive gas from their homes. Can’t pick up

“That category was largely just associated with being young, these are people with young families, they haven’t climbed the job ladder yet,” Dr. said Aaron Goodarzy, C associate professor and scientific director of the U. eject radon,

“They have a lot of expense and of course they’re prioritizing, quite understandably, what they are able to do to fix radon versus a time where it would be ideal for them to do so.”

Dr Gudarzi said young people are at far greater risk of suffering the consequences of early life radon exposure.

Lung Saskatchewan hopes that reimbursement will be an incentive to establish a mitigation system.

“We thought that if we could cover up to $1,000, we could share the money among many people, to help cover up to half of that mitigation,” Verma said.

All that is required to be eligible for the program is to have the procedure performed by a certified radon mitigation specialist.

Mitigation reimbursement is a step in the right direction

There are several provinces that provide radon mitigation assistance. Manitoba offers $1,500 for abatement to low- to moderate-income families and people battling lung cancer, while Ontario covers the full cost of a radon abatement system for new home buyers.

Pam Warkentin, executive director of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, said the monetary support is a step in the right direction.

“It’s great to see some of these opportunities becoming available,” Warkentin said.

Warkentin said the next important step is building up the number of people capable of installing the system.

“If people just get tested and they stop there, they’re not really reducing their risk,” Warkentin said.

“We need people to fix this.”

spreading awareness about radon

Warkentin said the pandemic has increased awareness of indoor health, including the dangers of radon.

,I think a lot of people don’t test their homes because life is busy and it hasn’t been a priority for them,” Warkentin.

“But during the pandemic, the workplace is your home now and the onus is on you to make it a safe place.”

Warkentin noted that the risk likely increased during the pandemic because people were spending more time at home.

Saskatchewan has made November Radon Action Month. Saskatchewan Lung has partnered with Tackle Radon, in which the football player tells the stories of lung cancer survivors and encourages people to test their homes.

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