Take Action on Radon, a national program funded by Health Canada, is looking to supply residents throughout Clearwater, Barriere, Blue River and Vavenby with an at-home test kit, free of charge.
In addition to the test kits, participants are encouraged to attend a virtual radon information session to learn more about the health effects of the gas, why it’s a concern in the Valley and Health Canada’s recommendations. Information about where and when to pick up the kits will also be provided in the session. Participants can choose to attend one of two sessions, on Oct. 12 or 13 at 7 p.m.
“After learning about this program, I thought it was a great opportunity to help families test their homes for radon,” said Melissa McGarry, manager of health and safety for School District 73, in a media release, who has been responsible for testing for the poisonous gas in schools. “I’m excited to co-ordinate and support the roll-0ut of this program for these communities along with key stakeholders and organizations.”
Residents from Blue River to Barriere can sign up for the program at takeactionradon.ca/100-radon-test-kit-challenge. Test kits are available as of Oct. 1. Those who register will be able to pick up their radon test the day after the information session at a location within their community.
The leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, radon gas can be found in elevated concentrations in homes across the country. While Canada has had a National Radon Plan for over a decade, many Canadians remain unaware of the deadly gas.
“Testing for radon is simple to do, and there are effective solutions available to reduce radon levels in homes where radon levels are elevated,” said Pam Warkentin, executive director of CARST and project manager of Take Action on Radon, in the media release. “The first step is to know your radon level. Every home needs to test for radon — it’s that simple.”
Other information such as protecting yourself from radon, how to understand your test report and learning resources, visit the Take Action on Radon website.