'Tis the Season... to Test for Radon

Nov 14, 2022

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Ivonne García
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Radon gas isn’t a new issue for REALTORS®, but during this time of the year it gains importance as fall and winter are the ideal seasons to test for radon.

Understanding and helping mitigate radon risks is more than just a professional responsibility for REALTORS®, it's also an opportunity to provide clients with valuable information to help them make informed decisions.

There are many resources available to help support REALTORS® in building knowledge and awareness on radon, including an updated and accredited self-paced professional development course, BCFSA’s Radon Checklists for Buyers Agents, Sellers Agents and Property Managers, a Radon FAQ and Testing Checklist, and some other online resources to incorporate into their practice.

Radon: Frequently Asked Questions and Checklists
Get a basic understanding of what radon is, and how can you protect consumers in our blog REALTORS® and Radon: Protecting Buyers and Sellers.

BCREA has created a FAQ document on Radon with the support of Dr. Noah Quastel from the BC Lung Foundation. The document addresses common questions and provides external resources on the topic, including:

• what is radon;

• where is radon found in BC;

• which kind of homes need to be tested;

• and more.

And as a joint effort with the BC Lung Foundation and the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP), BCREA has designed a checklist to help REALTORS® and the public to help ensure they follow the correct procedures in testing for radon.

Also, BCFSA provides guidance to help discuss the importance of radon with clients depending on the side of the transaction you’re in. See the checklists below:

Learn more about radon and your responsibilities as a REALTOR®
Radon is an important consideration when buying a home. REALTORS® are expected to demonstrate competency and show skills when providing real estate services to their clients. Having knowledge about environmental conditions and signs of alert can help ensure you are taking the right steps to provide an exceptional experience.

BCREA has updated its Radon for REALTORS® Course, in which REALTORS® can deepen their understanding of radon and how it relates to the real estate transaction. By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • understand and identify how radon enters a dwelling,
  • know what influences radon levels,
  • recognize the effects of radon on human health,
  • understand Canada’s radon awareness initiatives,
  • identify applicable laws and emergent policies on radon in BC and,
  • much more

Radon Test Kit Giveaway
In the spirit of inspiring and supporting REALTORS® to make a difference and implement radon testing as a safety practice during this season, BCREA will be giving away five Radon Test Kits among the people who register for the BCREA Radon for REALTORS® online course.  These tests can be used to test your own home or shared with your clients.

All registrants to the course between November 14-25 will enter the raffle, and the five winners will be contacted directly by November 28.

(BCREA Access login required)

Join the BC Lung Radon Workshop 2022
The BC Lung Foundation is organizing a special virtual workshop to discuss the various actions individuals, families, researchers, communities and government can do to address and prevent radon.

This webinar is eligible for two self-directed Professional Development hours.

Date: November 29, 2022
Time: 10 am PST

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