Health Canada warns that Elifecity Portable Radon Meter may pose a health and safety risk due to undetected high radon levels
Immediately stop using the product and dispose of it in accordance with the applicable transportation and waste requirements for electronic products.
This alert involved the following product:
- Elifecity Portable Radon Meter
The product is a portable, battery powered, radon meter advertised for long and short term home radon monitoring. It was sold on Amazon.ca and potentially through other online websites.
Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Program found that the product poses a health and safety risk to consumers. The product was sold as real-time radon monitor, but reports a low value regardless of the actual radon level (with errors greater than 90%). This false reading misleads Canadians who are trying to assess whether or not their homes exceeds the national guidelines for radon. This may lead to continued exposure to radon and possible adverse health consequences.
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can accumulate to high levels and become a risk to the health of you and your family. The current Canadian guideline for indoor air radon levels is 200 Becquerel per cubic meter (Bq/m3).
What you should do
Consumers who have this product should immediately stop using it, and dispose of it in accordance with the applicable transportation and waste requirements for electronic products.
Consumers should only purchase radon test kits that are approved/certified by the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP), a Canadian radon certification program operated by the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists & Technologists (CARST) with oversight by Health Canada.
Consumers should visit the following website to learn about ways to detect radon with an approved test kit and ways to reduce radon in their homes: Take Action on radon.
Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada. To make informed decisions on second-hand purchases, consult Health Canada's guidance and information on buying second-hand products.
Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of these products or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
Regularly check the Healthy Canadians Recalls and Safety Alerts database for dangerous products and take action to remove items of concern.
What is being done
Based on the information available to Health Canada, it was concluded that the product poses a danger to human health and safety of consumers due to risk of undetected high radon levels.
The product has been removed from sale online from the website amazon.ca. Health Canada has contacted the foreign selling company and is advising Canadians to immediately stop using the radon meter. Health Canada suggests Canadians learn about the risks of buying consumer products online.
To date, no incidents or injuries related to this product have been reported to Health Canada.
Health Canada is committed to helping protect Canadians from potentially dangerous consumer products. The Department regularly tests consumer products available for sale to Canadians in stores or online and continues to monitor products to help keep consumers safe.
Place of Origin
Manufactured in China
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