The BC Lung Association’s RadonAware team will be attending the Union of BC Municipalities 2015 Annual Convention on September 23rd and 24th in Vancouver.
With a focus on promoting healthy communities throughout BC, the RadonAware team will share information and resources about radon, a known lung cancer risk, aiming to inspire cities throughout BC to get involved and encourage radon testing and mitigation.
Collaboration is fundamental to all successful partnerships, and in January 2014, the City of Castlegar partnered with the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware team to educate residents about the health risks of radon and encourage radon testing and mitigation. Phil Markin, Development Services Director for the City of Castlegar and advocate for this project encourages other local governments to follow Castlegar’s lead.
“We felt it was important for the City of Castlegar to take a leadership role in supporting radon awareness and testing,” explained Markin. “We live in a high radon risk region. We want people to know about the risk, and be in a position to make an informed decision on what to do to protect their health and their families.”
Other cities throughout the province are also taking note of the serious health implications from radon. Creston is one of the first communities in BC to announce their intention to declare November as Radon Aware Month.