If you’re spending more time inside because of the colder weather, Public Health Inspector Bud Ivey suggests you get your home tested for radon. It’s a naturally-occurring gas that can seep into your home through cracks in an unfinished basement or foundation, or through unfinished floors, windows or pipes. Ivey says high levels of gas increases the risk of developing lung cancer. To get your home checked, you can buy a do-it-yourself test kit from most hardware stores and send it to a lab for analysis. Another option is hiring a radon measurement service provider, which Ivey says to make sure the provider is certified and will provide a long-term test.

According to Health Canada, you can reduce radon by increasing ventilation, sealing cracks and openings in foundation walls, floors and around pipes and drains. They also suggest renovating basement floors, particularly earth floors.

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