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Radon Awareness and Education with HGTV’s Jon Eakes

Jon Eakes from HGTV’s Just Ask Jon Eakes sat down with RadonAware to talk home renovations, construction, and the importance of testing and mitigating for radon. Britt: Why is it so important for builders and contractors to learn about radon? Jon: Radon is a major cause of lung cancer. There are small amounts of radon in most Canadian homes, old and new. Although the levels of radon vary, every house in every region could potentially be dangerous. But there’s no way of knowing until the house is built, occupied and tested. When building, there are different ways you can limit radon

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Radon data: Why we need it and how it can protect public health

Radon and Data Report 5

Over the last 3 years the BC Lung Association’s (BCLA) RadonAware Program has been encouraging indoor radon testing in homes, schools and workplaces across the province. Through voluntary testing programs and radon test kits sales, the program has nearly doubled the number of radon test results in residential housing. Our technical specialist, Hugh Roberts, manages radon test data analysis. He recently sat down with RadonAware to talk about the importance of data collection. Britt: Why is collecting this data so important? Hugh: Though the medical link between radon and lung cancer is clear, that itself doesn’t save lives. The information we

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The Importance of Healthy Housing for all Indigenous People

Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George

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

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BC Hydro sits down with BC Lung Association

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Last summer RadonAware met with BC Hydro to provide information on what radon is, the health risks, how to test, mitigation options, and how building upgrades are a great time to consider protection from soil gases, such as radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. To lend its support, BC Hydro’s Home Renovation Rebate Program now asks homeowners to consider testing for radon when doing home improvements. Margo Longland, Senior Program Manager, Residential Marketing, believes testing for radon is an important first step to help protect occupant health and safety. “If you’re going to be planning a renovation, consider radon testing.

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CARST sits down with BC Lung Association

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From April 24th to 26th RadonAware will join with dozens of radon professionals in Montreal, Quebec to “Connect and Educate” at the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) 5th Annual Radon Conference. The BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Manager Britt Swoveland recently sat down with Pam Warkentin, Executive Director of C-NRPP and Executive Assistant to CARST to discuss this year’s conference and the CARST’s long-term vision. Britt: This year’s theme for the CARST Conference is “Connect and Educate.” How does the conference support this theme? Pam: People will be coming to the conference from all across Canada, so we have

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Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC (CHBA BC) sits down with BC Lung Association

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The danger of radon gas is serious. For people who have never smoked, it is the leading cause of lung cancer. The BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Manager Britt Swoveland recently sat down with Neil Moody, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC to discuss the importance of supporting the construction industry with resources and education to help protect homeowners from radon. Britt: Why get involved in radon? Neil: The CHBA BC represents more than 1,600 members from regions throughout the province of British Columbia and from every area of the housing industry in the province. Radon is

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Radon Environmental sits down with BC Lung Association

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Until now RadonAware.ca only offered long term radon test kits. We’re really pleased, thanks to our new partnership with Radon Environmental, to offer both a short and long term radon testing (Learn by reading the media release). To learn a little more about Radon Environmental and its objectives – BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Manager Britt Swoveland sat down with CEO Alan Whitehead. Britt: Why radon? Alan: It all started with my wife Janet, a radon-induced lung cancer survivor. Britt:  I know we both agree relationship building is key to reaching and activating more and more British Columbians on the issue

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BC Communities tackle radon issue

BC Communities tackle radon issue

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but radon gas can have serious health consequences if left to accumulate to unhealthy levels indoors.  The number one cause of lung cancer after smoking, radon gas is a known carcinogen that can make its way into any home, school or workplace where the building comes into contact with the soil. It is also Canadians’ leading cause of radiation exposure. This past fall, a dozen BC communities, including the City of Prince George took action to raise awareness of radon and encouraged residents to test their homes. “The first step was

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Thanks for your support for RadonAware!

Thank You from RadonAware

With November, and Radon Aware Month finished, I finally have some time to reflect on all the incredible support provided to the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Program. In the fall, we sent out 80 packages with information on radon and its health risks to Mayors and Councils across BC located in Area 1 of BC – the high radon risk region of the province. Leaders were asked to support the BC Lung Association’s RadonAware campaign by adopting and implementing various simple, and low-cost initiatives. The response was exciting, with a full list of actions being implemented by communities to increase awareness

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Vernon Native Housing Society put tenant health first

Native Housing Society Takes Action on Radon

James Verheul has a strong interest in radon gas. He works with the Vernon Native Housing Society and is responsible for general maintenance of the various buildings that provide housing to low-income families and individuals of both aboriginal and non-aboriginal descent within the Vernon area. The Vernon Native Housing Society is located in Area 1 of the Province of BC – the region known to be at an increased risk for high levels of indoor radon gas. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and responsible for as many as 3,200 cancer deaths each year in Canada.

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