Radon is a colourless and radioactive gas; it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada. Radon can enter homes in areas exposed to soil and rock that contain uranium.
HPEPH conducted a study from 2019-2020 to learn more about levels of radon in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. A total of 519 homes in the HPEPH area obtained valid results as part of the study. Of those homes, 78 (15.1%) had radon levels at or above Health Canada’s threshold of 200 Bq/m3 while 4 (0.8%) had radon levels of 600 Bq/m3 or more.
This study consisted of a convenience sample and cannot accurately portray the prevalence of radon in all households within the HPEPH area. However, it does highlight that high levels of radon exist in homes in the HPEPH area. View the complete study online.