All participant radon tests are used to understand how our home environment influences our radon exposure.
With your home radon result, we are able to:
Better protect Canadians from the harmful effects of radon gas exposure
Understand why certain properties have higher or lower radon compared to others
Work towards solutions that mean lower radon for everyone
Determine what behaviours modify our radon exposure
Determine the best pathway forward for best radon testing in Canada
Our current and past Evict Radon research participant have contributed to new ground-breaking research exposing Western Canada’s radon problem. Their contribution is helping us accomplish our mission to ‘evict’ radon from our homes and prevent future cases of radon-induced lung cancer.
The research has been published in the Nature Publishing Group’s multidisciplinary journal Scientific Reports. Titled “Radon exposure is rising steadily within the modern North American residential environment, and is increasingly uniform across seasons”. You can download a free copy of the journal below.
1. Radon exposure in Canada is increasingly uniform across the year
We have found that the existing dogma – that radon is always highest during winter heating months no longer applies in the Canadian context. Indeed, nearly half of residences we examined showed consistent radon all year, and a quarter demonstrated higher radon levels in summer. We are working towards understanding why this is now.
We speculate that this trend may be another consequence of the rising air-tightness of buildings in the region, but that this is also coupled with the growing prevalence of air conditioning units.
2. Short-term radon test kits (less than 90 days) are not reliable
Findings show radon tests of less than 90 days are imprecise in measuring radon gas exposure up to 99 percent of the time. The implications are likely to impact the home inspection and real estate industry, where adoption of short term testing in Canada has begun. We conclude that short-term testing should, under no circumstances, be used as a basis for long term radon exposure estimates
3. Our radon problem in Canada is, unfortunately, getting worse
We find a troubling, progressive increase in radon exposure within the modern residential environment in Canada. We show that the relative ‘modernity’ of residential environment strongly impacts radon exposure, with newer homes containing greater and greater radon.
4. Home metrics correlated with increased radon
Variables that influence radon are:
Year of construction with newer homes showing higher radon
Building type with the bungalow showing higher radon
Square footage – larger sqft means higher radon
Ceiling height with homes with higher ceilings showing higher radon
Opening and closing of windows.
Things that did not influence higher radon include:
Presence of basement plumbing
5. Alberta and Saskatchewan are home to the 2nd most radon-exposed population on Earth
Of 11,727 residential long-term radon tests conducted between 2010-2018 in Alberta and Saskatchewan, 55% were ≥100Bq/m3 and 17.8% were ≥200Bq/m3, the maximum tolerated exposure limit for Canada. Comparison to global radon levels this region encompasses one of the most radon-exposed large populations mapped to date.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS RESEARCH:
Extensive research indicates that radon testing is most accurate during the winter months. Because of this, we only accept research participants and sell Evict Radon test kits from October – February 29th. If you wish to join our 2019/2020 Evict Radon research study, please enter your email below to be added to our waitlist. We will contact you when kits become available for purchase in October 2019.
Thank you for your interest in Evict Radon research awareness and testing study. Before consenting to participate, we ask you please read and be aware of the study terms and conditions. It is very important that you understand this information, and that this is a citizen science-based study that requires you to purchase a specific radon testing kit (at cost) via our project. We thank you in advance for your time.
Included in an Evict Radon test kit
For $51.99, you’ll receive everything needed to ensure your radon test result is as accurate as possible. This includes:
Shipping to home address
Radtrak2 – long term radon test
Placement and registration Instructions
Fees for radon analysis and reporting
Report at the end of analysis
IMPORTANT: In order to meet new Canada Post rules, return shipping labels are not included. Return shipping as “small packet” with Canada Post will cost approximately $10 without tracking.
If at any point you wish to withdraw from our study, or have any concerns about the nature of this research study, please contact [email protected] 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. The University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board has approved this research study. Study Ethics ID = REB19-1522
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