You can now borrow a digital radon detector from your local library!
Radon Detector Library Loan Pilot Project
What is Radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that is colourless, odourless and tasteless. Radon is formed by the breakdown of uranium, a natural radioactive material found in soil, rock and groundwater. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it gets diluted to low concentrations and is not a concern. However, enclosed spaces, like houses, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk.
The only known health risk associated with exposure to radon in indoor air is an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The effects of radon are dependent on the levels of radon in the home or building, how long a person is exposed to these levels, and their smoking habits.
Why loan out radon detectors? By providing this program through the Nova Scotia Public Libraries, we are increasing awareness around the province about the dangers of radon gas
and the need to test and mitigate. Ultimately, we want all Nova Scotian home owners to be aware of radon and understand they should get their homes tested.
Will this provide an accurate reading of radon in my home? The radon detectors being provided for loan are intended for short-term testing and do not replace the long-term tests recommended by Health Canada. Because the loan period needs to be limited, the intent of providing these devices for loan is to simply provide homeowners with an idea of the radon levels in their home.
Does my library have these? You can check availability through your library's website or by calling your local branch.
Will more devices be available?
This is a pilot project. Therefore, a limited number of devices are available for loan. However, we will be monitoring wait lists and will evaluate if more devices are needed. You can still buy a radon detector from the Lung Association of Nova Scotia. Click HERE to buy a long-term radon detector from the Lung Association.
Thank you to our project partners: