FALL RADON TESTING: Long-term radon test kits are now available.  

Thank you for your interest in testing with the Evict Radon research initiative.  

Evict Radon is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to solving Canada’s large and worsening radon-gas exposure problem, a substantial cause of lung cancer even in non-smokers. Evict Radon embraces research strategies across disciplines to gain the information necessary to:

  1. Understand what type of property produces a high or low radon environment, and why
  2. Identify who in society are the most at risk from radon exposure
  3. Make meaningful changes to policy to engineer high radon out of our future buildings.

By testing your home with one of our non-profit, research-grade radon test kits and enrolling in our national, public university-based research study, you are helping Evict Radon aligned researchers from across Canada to understand radon exposure and develop new ways to protect ourselves and loved ones.

The periodic table symbol of the element Radon

What is Radon?

Radon is an invisible, odourless and tasteless but radioactive gas that is produced in the ground. Normally, it dilutes to virtually nothing in outside air, but our modern homes, schools and workplaces are capturing and concentrating radon to unnaturally high and cancer-causing levels in indoor air

Why should I care?

Every day, dozens of Canadians are diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer, despite never having used tobacco. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, but exposure is entirely preventable. It is easily removable from your life, but knowing your home’s radon level is the first step in determining if you are at risk

House containing a radon test unit in the basement

What should I do?

Test your home and help Canadian scientists defeat this problem. The process is simple. Consent into the “Evict Radon” citizen scientist-based national radon study, purchase a radon test device, register it with our team, and place it in the lowest level of your home for 90 or more days

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Help Canadian Researchers Defeat Radon

Evict Radon was founded by Canadian scientists using an interdisciplinary approach to understand and prevent Canadian radon exposure.

A scientific microscope

By testing your home with one of our Evict Radon test kits, you’re automatically enrolled in our research study. Each participant is helping researchers across Canada understand radon exposure and develop new ways to protect ourselves and loved ones.

Canada is now at the stage where it is no longer sufficient to just promote radon testing. Basic radon testing programs have been in operation for decades, from many, many organizations, yet homes continue to be constructed containing more and more Radon, and cases of never-smoker (radon-attributable) lung cancers continue to rise. Of the relatively small numbers of people that even the most successful programs have convinced to radon test, only a fraction (<30%) of those who find they are at risk will take action to mitigate. This has to change. Thankfully, Canadians are now in a position to do this.

Evict Radon embraces research strategies across disciplines to gain the information necessary to (i) learn how to engineer out the Radon from our buildings before they are even built, (ii) to identify who are the most at risk from Radon in society, and (iii) make meaningful change to policy across sectors. This must be done by strictly adhering to national research ethics standards, as well as best practices for controlled studies that will pass academic peer-review and, ultimately, very close scrutiny from the public and experts. Achieving this is possible and, if successful, will transform the ability to prevent lung cancers caused by radon.

 

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