A map showing where concentrations of radon can be found throughout British Columbia. Image: RadonAware

A map showing where concentrations of radon can be found throughout British Columbia. Image: RadonAware

Radon Detectors available on loan from Castlegar Library

The Donna Schmidt Lung Cancer Prevention Society has donated the detectors

More radon detectors are now available at the Castlegar and District Public Library, thanks to the work of a local society.

The Donna Schmidt Lung Cancer Prevention Society (DSLCPS) was created to help reduce lung cancer from home and workplace radon exposure.

Initially the Society purchased and gave out one-time-use radon detectors, but now has moved to the newer electronic detectors. These were placed in the Castlegar Library for loan to those who wanted to check the radon levels in their home.

The loan program has proven to be very popular so the society has now placed additional electronic radon detectors in the Castlegar Library. They have also placed radon detectors in public libraries in Nelson, Trail, Creston, Nakusp and Kaslo.

Castlegar and other communities in the West Kootenays have elevated radon levels in businesses and households. Radon has been implicated as the second leading cause of lung cancer by Health Canada, next to smoking, with over 15 per cent of lung cancer cases related to radon exposure.

The distribution of the puck type of detectors has been discontinued so individuals wishing to have their homes or businesses tested should contact their local library.

This program is augmenting a parallel program conducted by the BC Lung Association, which is distributing the same type of electronic detectors in libraries across British Columbia. For more information, please contact Dana Schmidt, a director of the DSLCPS at dschmidt@dsradonprevention.org or visit the website at dsradonprevention.org.

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