Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by Tara Valley
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found primarily in rock and soil and produced by the breakdown of uranium.
Radon is odourless, tasteless and invisible, just like carbon monoxide.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) according to Health Canada [Source]. Read More...
Comments Off on 13 Fast Facts about Radon for Real Estate Professionals
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tara Valley
More knowledge can make things easier – or more complicated. For instance, when it comes to home construction technology, innovations over the last decade or so have tended to produce homes that are more energy-efficient, which means more tightly sealed against the elements. Read More...
Comments Off on Energy-Efficient = Radon Risk?
Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 by Tara Valley
Earlier this year, the Ontario Provincial government took the first steps towards enacting the Radon Awareness and Prevention Act, 2012. The private member’s bill passed its First Reading and will have to have a second and third reading before it can be passed into law. Read More...
Comments Off on Radon Awareness
Posted on Friday, September 7, 2012 by Tara Valley
Health Canada has adjusted its estimate of the number of lung cancer deaths caused by indoor exposure to radon gas – upwards. A previous study completed decades ago estimated that figure at 10%. Read More...
Comments Off on Health Canada Raises Estimate for Radon Gas Deaths
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2012 by Tara Valley
The very real consequences of environmental conditions on human lives gets an artistic turn in a play called Dying Hard which is currently traveling the Fringe Festival circuit across Canada.
A production of A Vagrant Theatre company of St. Read More...
Comments Off on Radon Gas Hazards the Subject of Play
Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 by Tara Valley
Even Mike Holmes is commenting on the current wave of media attention that’s being given to an age old problem – radon gas. In fact, radon gas is as old as the rock foundation most of us live on in this part of Canada. Read More...
Comments Off on Radon Gas – the Hype and the Facts
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 by Tara Valley
After decades of falling cancer rates, a recent news story notes that lung cancers are rising among surprising groups.
Cancer specialist Dr. Natasha Leighl of Princess Margaret Hospital is quoted in a CTV piece as saying, “In cancer centres, it certainly seems that we are seeing more lung cancer, in particularly younger women and in people who have never smoked,” she says. Read More...
Comments Off on Lung Cancer On The Rise – Radon Link?
Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 by Tara Valley
The Homeowner Protection Centre is a not-for-profit centre that unites homeowners in their concerns and serves as a central clearinghouse for advocacy and complaints. The organization has just released a study called The Radon Challenge: Building Awareness and Encouraging Action that points out some pertinent facts for Canadians about the potentially deadly gas. Read More...
Comments Off on New Study Emphasizes Radon Gas Education & Awareness
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 by Tara Valley
A recent episode of Wylde on Health, a weekly news magazine on health matters on CP24 TV invited Tara Valley, Senior Environmental Consultant and Indoor Air Quality Specialist for the Environmental Services Group on the set as an expert to comment on common health risks in the home. Read More...
Comments Off on ESG on TV
Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 by Tara Valley
The winter of 2011/2012 has been unusually kind to the residents of Southern Ontario, but there have been enough days that have seen stiff winds, cooler temperatures and even torrential rains, meaning your windows and doors are likely staying shut. Read More...
Comments Off on Indoor Air Quality in the Winter Months