VANCOUVER, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Members of the public are invited to exchange
their old mercury-filled thermometers for a free digital thermometer at Mount
Saint Joseph Hospital on Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The mercury used in old thermometers is toxic and can pose a health
hazard, especially to children. Disposal in household garbage is not advised
as the mercury will end up in landfills, contaminating surrounding soil and
The public can bring in their old mercury-filled fever thermometers and
receive a free digital thermometer, provided by BD, one of the hospital's
medical suppliers. Digital thermometers are electronic and provide a safe and
reliable way to take a person's temperature if they become ill. Quantities are
limited, and the offer is valid only on August 25.
The public is also welcome to bring other household items that contain
mercury, including batteries and florescent light bulbs. These will be sent to
a hazardous waste service provider for appropriate disposal. The community is
also invited to bring old, expired medications for safe disposal.
"At Providence Health Care, we believe that we share accountability for
the well-being of our community, above and beyond providing basic health care
needs. By adopting green practices, we can contribute to a healthier,
sustainable future for our staff, patients and residents, the community and
the environment," said Mary Campling, Vice President of Finance and leader of
PHC's Green Team.
The exchange is part of the 18th annual Mount Saint Joseph Hospital Go
Green Summer Health Fair. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun community
event that features a flea market, farmers' market with local produce, home
baking and health testing including blood pressure, cholesterol, and bone
The thermometer exchange and Health Fair take place at the Kingsway
entrance of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, 400-block Kingsway, two blocks
southeast of 12th Ave. Mount Saint Joseph Hospital is part of Providence
Health Care, Canada's largest faith-based health care provider.
Call (604) 806-8131 for more information.
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