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Top five reasons why you should consider testing your home for radon

Are you safe enough from radon? Radon, an invisible and naturally occurring toxic gas, comes from uranium breaking down deep in soil. It can get into homes and buildings undetected through cracks in foundations or gaps around pipes, as well as though floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes, support posts, window casements, floor drains, sumps or cavities inside walls. No area in Alberta — and across Canada — is considered radon free, confirmed Health Canada. A 2012 cross-Canada survey shows 6.9 per cent of Canadians live in homes with radon above the acceptable limit. The Canadian Radon Guideline

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Smoke-free housing – a smokin’ hot issue?

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You bet it is – and to get the word out, we’ve designated June as Smoke-Free Housing month – and partnered with leaders in the multi-housing sector to educate landlords, property managers, strata corporations and developers on the benefits of going smoke-free. Read the full news release. Why? 50% of residents living in apartments/condos report exposure to second-hand smoke Fewer than 1 in 5 British Columbians smoke Multi-housing residents want smoke-free buildings No-smoking rules are legal and enforceable Supply of smoke-free buildings is scarce No level of exposure to second-hand smoke is safe Going smoke-free is healthier and economical Cleaning

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20 storeys of victory over lung diseases

The morning of March 10 was a special day at the Coast Edmonton Plaza as more than 150 participants climbed 20 storeys of the hotel in support of The Lung Association, AB & NWT. Edmonton’s first ever Boardwalk Rental Communities StairClimb for Clean Air was a success. One of the highlights of the event was the heartfelt speech by Morris Irvine, a double lung transplant survivor. The resident of Lindbergh waited nine months on a transplant list. He received his new lungs on March 13, 2011 at the University of Alberta Hospital, where he spent four days in intensive care

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