Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in never-smokers and the number one carcinogenic environmental exposure in Canada.
To help educate the building industry on how to test and mitigate for radon gas, we partnered with BC Housing and the Homeowner Protection Office to present a series of Building Smart workshops and webinars. Since last September, Britt Swoveland of our RadonAware program and David Innes of Radon Environmental presented at 4 on-location seminars in communities around the province including: Terrace, Cranbrook, and Vancouver, plus two webinars, reaching a total of 1000 attendees.
Radon comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Most people are exposed to radon in homes, schools and workplaces. Although BC has the most health protective building code for radon in Canada, thousands of homes in high radon risk areas are unprotected. We targeted our education to building professionals in the hopes that they will encourage every homeowner to test for radon, a statement echoed by Britt Swoveland.
"The first step every homeowner needs to do is test their radon levels," explains Swoveland. "Even new homes with radon vent pipes need to be tested. Once you know your radon levels, you can contact a radon mitigation professional and take action to reduce your home's radon level to below the Health Canada guideline of 200 Bq/3."
The Building Smart workshops and webinars provided builders with information on the health risks of radon, how to test, and various construction solutions to keep families safe. To find out more about the impact of radon gas and what you can do about it, go online to www.radonaware.ca. A big thank you to BC Housing, the Homeowner Protection Office, the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC, the Building and Safety Standards Branch, and Radon Environmental for increasing awareness about radon throughout BC.