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The Importance of Healthy Housing for all Indigenous People

BC Lung Association’s RadonAware recently partnered with the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George (AHSPG).

Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald, President and CEO, BC Lung Association

“This partnership allowed us to better understand how to develop and implement a radon testing project in affordable housing,” explained Scott McDonald, President and CEO, BC Lung Association. “More importantly, it demonstrates how to build a connection to Aboriginal Housing, creating a community-wide radon testing program that was inclusive of all people and housing situations.”

In the winter of 2013, all 136 AHSPG homes in Prince George were tested for indoor radon levels with long-term test kits provided by the BC Lung Association. Of the 136 homes tested, 36 (or 26%) tested above the Health Canada guideline of 200 Bq/m3.

Leo Hebert

Leo Hebert, Executive Director, Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George

With funding provided by AHSPG and the Aboriginal Housing and Management Association, all 36 homes were fitted with an Active Sub-slab Depressurization System (ASDS) to mitigate high radon levels. Following the mitigation, all 36 homes reported indoor radon levels well below the Health Canada guideline.

“We are thankful for the continued opportunity to work with the BC Lung Association and others to learn about the health risks of radon, and to take proactive steps to address the radon issue within our homes to better protect the health and safety of our tenants, who are important members of our community,” said Leo Hebert, Executive Director, AHSPG.

Read the full Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George Case Study: A Model for Radon Testing and Mitigation in Affordable Housing here.

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Carlynn Ferguson-King

Carlynn is on the BC Lung Association Communications Team.

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