NOTICE: Radon testing during Spring & Summer (April to August)  

You are interested in obtaining a radon test kit during Spring or Summer period (April to August). The latest Canadian radon research shows that there is no statistically significant difference between long term 90+ day test outcomes performed at different times of year (seasons). However, health authorities still recommend performing most of this test during colder months. We want you to be aware you have three options:

  1. Perform a 180+ (6 month) test, starting now
  2. Wait until mid-September, and perform a 90+ day (3 month) test
  3. Deploy your test for an entire year

The device is only active once you have opened the plastic bag surrounding it. The most important thing is to accurately record the start and end date of the test, via the registration process. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

The periodic table symbol of the element Radon

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs when uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is an invisible, odourless and tasteless gas that can accumulate to unnaturally high and dangerous levels in our homes.

Why should I care?

Every day, another Canadian is diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer despite never having used tobacco. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, but it is entirely preventable. 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. The process is simple. Consent into the “Evict Radon” citizen scientist-based national radon study, purchase a radon test device, and place it in the lowest level of your home for 90+ days.

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Help Canadian Researchers Defeat Radon

Evict Radon was founded by scientists at the University of Calgary in the fight against radon.

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 information necessary to: (i) learn how to engineer out 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 very possible and, if successful, will transform the ability to prevent lung cancers caused by radon.

 

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