British Columbia Specific Information
Radon is a naturally occurring colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks. When radon is released from the ground and into the outdoor air, it becomes diluted and is not a health concern. However, radon can accumulate in high levels within enclosed spaces, such as homes and offices, and can become a health risk to you and your family. For more information on radon, see HealthLinkBC File #42 Radon in Homes and Other Dwellings.
Additional information can be found by visiting BC Lung Association Radon Aware, BC Centre for Disease Control - Radon, and BC Centre for Disease Control - Protocols for Radon Testing in BC Homes. To learn more about other environmental factors that may affect your health such as ultraviolet light, water safety and West Nile virus, see our HealthLinkBC Files Environment Category.
Current as of: February 18, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & R. Steven Tharratt MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology