Radon de­tec­tor pro­gram gets in­flux of new de­vices

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The Lung As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia re­cently an­nounced it will be in­tro­duc­ing 20 new radon de­tec­tor de­vices into pub­lic li­braries across the prov­ince as part of the Radon De­tec­tor Li­brary Loan Pro­gram.

The pro­gram, which was launched in Nova Sco­tia pub­lic li­braries last year, pro­vides ac­cess to dig­i­tal radon de­tec­tors, which are in­tended to give an in­di­ca­tion of radon lev­els in the home.

“There are al­ready over 90 radon de­tec­tor de­vices cir­cu­lat­ing in li­braries across the prov­ince,” said Robert Macdonald, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Lung As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia. “While this pro­gram was never in­tended to pro­vide test­ing to ev­ery home­owner in Nova Sco­tia, we are pleased it has cre­ated more aware­ness about the dan­gers of radon gas in the home. It’s just another way we’re try­ing to im­prove lung health in our prov­ince.”

Radon is a ra­dioac­tive gas that has no smell, can’t be seen and is present in most homes. Longterm ex­po­sure to el­e­vated lev­els of radon in the home, es­pe­cially for smok­ers, in­creases your risk of de­vel­op­ing lung cancer. In fact, it is re­spon­si­ble for ap­prox­i­mately 16 per cent of all cases of lung cancer and the only way to know if a home has high lev­els of radon is to test for it.

“Health Canada is pleased to be work­ing with the Lung As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia to in­tro­duce even more radon de­tec­tors into Nova Sco­tia pub­lic li­braries,” said Lance Richard­son-prager, a health and en­vi­ron­ment spe­cial­ist with Health Canada. “We en­cour­age all home­own­ers to test for radon in their homes and con­sider tak­ing ac­tion to re­me­di­ate if lev­els are high.”

The ad­di­tional radon de­tec­tor kits have al­ready been de­liv­ered to pub­lic li­braries. Those look­ing to bor­row a de­vice should con­tact their lo­cal li­brary. Long-term radon de­tec­tor kits, which are the rec­om­mended method for test­ing, can also be pur­chased at the Lung As­so­ci­a­tion of Nova Sco­tia or on­line at ns.lung.ca.

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