At Airthings, working with our community has always been a priority. One of our main goals is to raise awareness of radon, the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The Nova Scotia Lung Association and the British Columbia Lung Association work tirelessly to help fight lung disease in their communities and raising awareness of radon is a big part of that. That is why we were thrilled to partner with them to start a radon detector lending program, where locals with a library card can borrow a Corentium Home radon detector by Airthings. The Nova Scotia Lung Association and the British Columbia Lung Association received generous funding from Health Canada, as well as donated and discounted devices from Airthings to make this program possible. The British Columbia Lung Association also worked with Simon Fraser University.
We are pleased to see the growing number of participating libraries, as well as the results from current libraries. Nova Scotia libraries, in particular, have seen some great results.
At present, 519 homes in Halifax alone have tested the radon levels thanks to this program. That is 519 homes in Halifax that now know their radon levels.
Even more encouragingly, as of November 2018, 592 people are on the waiting list for the radon detectors. These numbers only reflect Halifax, there are still 80 additional libraries around the province that also have detectors available for library cardholders.
Robert MacDonald, President and CEO of the Lung Association of Nova Scotia explained his excitement over the success of the program.
“We are so pleased with the success of the Radon Detector Library Loan Program, which we launched last November in public libraries across Nova Scotia. More Nova Scotians are becoming aware about the dangers of radon gas and realizing they need to test their homes for this dangerous gas, which is what we were hoping to accomplish with this program.”
-Robert MacDonald, President and CEO of the Lung Association of Nova Scotia
We are always open to working with more communities to help educate on the prevalence of radon. If our program isn’t available in your local library, ask your local library representative to get into contact with us!
A big thank you from us at Airthings to The Nova Scotia Lung Association and British Columbia Lung Association for orchestrating this program, Health Canada for donating funds and the many libraries who took the time to participate and implement it. Together we can make radon detectors as accessible as smoke detectors, thus reducing the risk of radon-related health problems.