BC Communities Tackle Radon Issue

This past fall, a dozen BC communities, including the City of Prince George, took action to raise awareness of radon and encouraged residents to test their homes.  

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but radon gas can have serious health consequences if left to accumulate to unhealthy levels indoors.  The number one cause of lung cancer after smoking, radon gas is a known carcinogen that can make its way into any home, school or workplace where the building comes into contact with the soil. It is also Canadians’ leading cause of radiation exposure.

This past fall, a dozen BC communities, including the City of Prince George took action to raise awareness of radon and encouraged residents to test their homes.


“The first step was proclaiming November ‘Radon Aware Month,’” says Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George. “We then distributed 200 radon test kits to local residents and began to test all of our civic facilities. The City of Prince George also plans to collaborate with the BC Lung Association to determine how to educate residents on the importance of testing for radon when moving into a newly constructed home.”

Through these simple, but meaningful actions, the City of Prince George is educating residents, and potentially saving lives.



“I would encourage all BC local governments to learn about radon and its health risks, and to learn how to test for and to reduce radon levels,” says Mayor Hall.


The BC Lung Association’s RadonAware Program has information and resources that can help. To learn more about radon you can visit their website or call 1.800.665.LUNG (5864).

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