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Testing your child care centre for radon is easy.
- Purchase a long-term radon test kit, install it on the lowest occupied level of your program (where occupants spend a minimum of 4 hours per day) during the fall and winter months, and leave it in place for a minimum of three months. Or, hire a certified radon professional to help you test. Tell client families you are testing.
- At the end of three months, send the radon test kit to the laboratory address included with the kit. The laboratory will analyze the kit and send report back to you with your radon levels.
- Let client families know if your radon levels are below the guideline or above the guideline. If your levels are above the guideline, a radon professional can offer options for what to do next.
Note that radon levels in a building fluctuate over time, so it is important to measure levels over an extended period of time to get an accurate result. A three-month test should be used to determine if a building’s radon concentration exceeds the Canadian guideline level of 200 Bq/m3.
Policy Measures to Address Radon in the Child Care Sector
Government Policy, Policy Paper
Radon: What you can do (for Childcare Professionals)
Radon Testing for your Kids’ Sake
Health Canada Publications
- Guide for Radon Measurements in Residential Dwellings (Homes)
- Take action on radon
- Radon – Reduction Guide for Canadians
- Radon: Is it in Your Home? A guide to protecting your family from radon in your home.
- Radon: Is it in Your Home? Information for Health Professionals. A guide to help health professionals answer their patients questions about radon.
- Radon – Another Reason to Quit. A factsheet about the increased risk for smokers who are also exposed to radon gas and actions that can be taken to reduce the risk.
- Guide for Radon Measurements in Public Buildings (Schools, Hospitals, Care Facilities, Detention Centres)
- Reducing Radon Levels in Existing Homes: A Canadian Guide for Professional Contractors. A guide to provide professional building contractors with information on radon mitigation techniques.
- CPCHE is seeking a part-time Coordinator August 10, 2021
- CPCHE joins open letter to federal government urging action on cancer-causing radon as part of new Greener Homes program June 25, 2021
- CPCHE welcomes Raffi Foundation donation April 29, 2021
- Healthy Schools Day climate action campaign featured in Green Teacher magazine December 10, 2020
- CPCHE-led Healthy Schools Day campaign for climate action extended to April 2021 December 10, 2020