The RM of Edenwold and the Village of Edenwold worked with Take Action on Radon, a coalition of national health organizations, to raise awareness of the dangers of radon gas.
Radon is a type of radioactive gas that comes from the earth and is concentrated in basements and ground floors. When people breathe it in, they expose their lungs to ionizing radiation. This radiation can cause lung cancer. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
To combat radon and improve awareness, Take Action on Radon launched the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge between November 2022 and May 2023. This free program allowed residents to test their homes for radon gas for free.
Each participating resident received a personal report. Just over half of all participants had levels higher than recommended by Health Canada. Radon gas levels can be reduced by over 90% by installing a radon mitigation system.