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].

Who are we?

Evict Radon is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to solving Canada’s substantial and worsening radon-gas exposure problem through interdisciplinary research for the benefit of all Canadians. Led by Dr. Aaron Goodarzi of the University of Calgary, the federally-appointed Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease, Evict Radon is working towards educating Canadians about the harmful effects of radon gas. 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.

Evict Radon embraces research strategies across disciplines to gain information necessary to:

  1. Learn how to engineer out radon from our buildings before they are even built
  2. Identify who are the most at risk from radon in society
  3. 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.

“The results from your simple 90+ day test are then taken forward by researchers to understand how our environment influences our radon exposure.”

Why do we care?

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.

To enrol in the study and order a radon testing kit, click the yellow ‘purchase my test’ button at the top of the page.

What are the advantages of testing your home through Evict Radon?

An advantage to testing with a research project like Evict Radon is that the scientists perform hundreds of controls to ensure your radon reading is “gold standard”. These include:

  • Blanks, un-exposed tests put through the entire process to ensure precision and accuracy
  • Duplicates
  • Spiked positives, tests we send to the lab to ensure that devices are precise 

In addition to ensuring your radon test result is as accurate as possible, your data will be used for the betterment of Canadian Health and society to further research into cancer prevention. 

Everything we do and say, has been approved by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board, which ensures that there are no conflicts of interest, that your data is held securely and safely, and that the risks of participation are both minimized and fully disclosed. 

Our partners

We are pleased to work together with a variety of partners interested in raising radon awareness and protecting Canadians from the negative effects of radon exposure. These include:

Ethics Statement

The University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board has approved this research study. (Study Ethics ID = REB19-1522) If you have any questions concerning your rights as a possible participant in this research, please contact the Chair of the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board, Research Services, University of Calgary.

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