Manitoba has historically had higher levels of radon than the national averages. Health Canada has estimated about seven per cent of Canadians are living in homes above the radon guidelines, while about 19 per cent of Manitobans are facing that same challenge.
Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas found naturally in the environment and comes from uranium, as it breaks down in soil and rocks. Radon can enter homes through cracks in basements or foundations and poses a health risk when people are exposed to it long-term, especially when the levels are greater than 200 bq/m3.
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