Radon Gas is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that is formed naturally by the radioactive breakdown of uranium contained in soil and rock.
Hamilton Public Health Services recently conducted a study of radon gas levels in residential homes in Waterdown/Flamborough/Hamilton that did show some areas with higher than acceptable levels. Effective immediately, Council has approved radon testing equipment to be a requirement for all new construction builds going forward. These new requirements apply to new building permits for all new construction, and any building additions to, low-rise residential building applications after November 16, 2020.
This is a serious issue which is long overdue in acknowledging. I encourage everyone to learn more about radon gas and how you can test your home.
According to Health Canada, long-term exposure to radon is linked to approximately 16% of lung cancer deaths in Canada and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Normally radon escapes from the ground into the air where it mixes with fresh air resulting in concentrations too low to be a health concern. However, when radon enters an enclosed space through cracks or openings in floors in contact with the ground, or through foundations, it can accumulate to higher concentrations.
The city will begin a promotional campaign directed to property owners across the city encouraging them to test their properties for radon gas.
Councillor Judi Partridge