Peterborough Public Health is giving away free radon test kits while supplies last to raise awareness about this public health risk that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Ontario.

“Radon is responsible for anywhere from 1,080 to 1,550 cancer cases in Ontario each year. This colourless, odourless gas can build up in lower levels of buildings unbeknownst to those living there,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “We strongly encourage residents to learn more about how to test their homes to keep their families safe.”

Peterborough Public Health has approximately 400 radon kits available at no cost to residents within the City and County of Peterborough and Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations, on a first come, first serve basis. Residents are advised to obtain a kit by visiting Peterborough Public Health reception on the third floor at 185 King St. in Peterborough. Residents who are unable to pick up a kit are encouraged to call 705-743-1000, ext. 232 to make alternative arrangements.

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