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Radon monitoring in Yukon schools

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Government of Yukon response to radon

Radon: Frequently asked questions 

The Government of Yukon is determining standard practices for radon testing, monitoring and, where necessary, remediation in all government buildings, including schools. Until then, the radon levels in Yukon schools are being monitored and remediated as required, following Health Canada’s guidelines for Indoor Air Quality:

  • Below 200 Bq/m3*– acceptable
  • Between 200 Bq/m3 and 600 Bq/m3 – remediate within 2 years
  • Above 600 Bq/m3 – remediate within 1 year
  • *Bq/m3 =Becquerel per cubic metre

It is important for you to check the radon levels in your home, too. You can get radon test kit from your local hardware store or through the Yukon Housing Corporation.

2016/17 radon monitoring results from schools

In the 2016/17 school year, radon monitoring devices were placed in Yukon schools. The results of this monitoring are as follows:

School Highest reading Lowest reading
Chief Zzeh Gittlit 6 bq 6 bq
Christ the King 148 Bq 74 Bq
Del Van Gorder 91 Bq 41 Bq
École Émilie-Tremblay 59 Bq 37 Bq
Elijah Smith  27 Bq 27 Bq
Eliza Van Bibber 64 Bq 64 Bq
F.H. Collins 33 Bq 22 Bq
Gadzoosdaa Residence 37 Bq 15 Bq
Ghùch Tlâ Community 44 Bq 44 Bq
Golden Horn 71 Bq 11 Bq
Grey Mountain 104 Bq 78 Bq
Hidden Valley 43 Bq 43 Bq
Holy Family 175 Bq 111 Bq
Individual Learning Centre 44 Bq 37 Bq
J.V. Clark 18 Bq 18 Bq
Jack Hulland 427 Bq 25 Bq
Johnson Elementary 45 Bq 15 Bq
Kluane Lake 62 Bq 40 Bq
Nelnah Bessie John  209 Bq 179 Bq
Porter Creek 48 bq 18 Bq
Robert Service  23 Bq 14 Bq
Ross River 88 Bq 82 Bq
Selkirk 39 Bq 18 Bq
St. Elias Community 80 Bq 34 Bq
Takhini 52 Bq 33 Bq
Tantalus 11 Bq 11 Bq
Teen Parent Centre 230 Bq 230 Bq
Teslin 48 bq 48 Bq
Vanier 69 bq 60 Bq
Watson Lake  24 Bq 24 Bq
Whitehorse Elementary 77 Bq 71 Bq
Wood Street Centre 81 Bq 33 Bq

According to Health Canada’s Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality, results for Jack Hulland Elementary, Nelnah Bessie John and the Teen Parent Centre indicate these schools must be remediated within two years. These schools are scheduled for remediation during summer 2017.

Results for all other schools fall below Health Canada’s guidelines. We are working towards leaving our radon monitoring equipment in schools year round to continue to monitor radon levels in our schools and enable us to gather data that better reflects long-term radon gas levels.

About radon

Radon is a colourless, odorless, naturally occurring gas in Yukon. It can enter buildings through cracks and unsealed openings in basements and foundations from the soil.

Radon does not pose an immediate danger to health and is only a concern if there is prolonged exposure to high concentrations over many years.

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Yukon Education
Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-5141
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5141
Fax: 867-393-6339

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