Mercury Thermometer Exchange at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital’s Community Recycling Day

Vancouver, August 1, 2007 — 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 water.

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 density.

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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