The Town of Rosemère would like to warmly thank its citizens for their participation in the 2021 radon campaign by requesting their radon testing kit. In just a few weeks, near of 500 free kits found takers. The purpose of the campaign was to inform residents about what radon is and its effects on their health, but above all, to make them aware of the importance of measuring radon levels in their home and of taking the necessary corrective measures if the level exceeds Health Canada's standard.
" The main purpose of this campaign was to protect Rosemerites’ lung health. More than ever, our residents are spending time at home due to the stay-at-home measures and the requirement to work, and we believe that this is why the free testing kits found homes so quickly this year! The 2021 campaign is a great success!" stated Rosemère Mayor Eric Westram.
Denser than the ambient air, radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas of natural origin that comes from uranium within soils and rocks. It is found everywhere on the planet, at various concentrations. In the open air, this gas is diluted, so it is in no way threatening. However, it can infiltrate houses—and mainly basements—through cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs, construction joints, sumps and crawl spaces, and can accumulate in high concentrations that are hazardous to health.
After smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The risk of cancer increases with high radon concentrations, the number of years of exposure and smoking. Learn more about radon by visiting our website at ville.rosemere.qc.ca/en-radon/.