All 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 participants have contributed to new ground-breaking research exposing 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.
Key Findings from our research:
1. All of Canada is at risk for high radon
With >30,000 (as of early 2022) long term residential radon tests from all across Canada, there is no ‘radon free’ areas of Canada. All Canadians properties have the potential to have high radon. What makes the difference, is if a building can capture and concentrate radon to unnaturally high levels.
This means that only way to know if your property has a radon problem is to test.
2. 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.
3. 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
4. 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.
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.
6. Younger Adults and Children are at the greatest risk for high radon exposure
Our 2021 study used >18,970 long term residential radon tests and reported occupancy trends (i.e. how often and how long individuals stayed within their residence) to find that our radon exposure is occurring at levels known to cause cancer. When comparing the ages and number of minors within a property, the highest indoor radon levels also had the youngest average age and greatest number of minors. This is concerning as younger individuals, especially children, are the most sensitive to the cancer causing effects of radon.
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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 the 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 $53.99 (plus applicable taxes), outgoing and return shipping is INCLUDED and you’ll receive everything needed to ensure your radon test result is as accurate as possible.
Radtrak3 – long term radon test
Outgoing and return shipping across Canada
Placement and Registration Instructions
A pre-paid return shipping envelope to the lab for analysis
Laboratory analysis fees
Report at the end of the analysis
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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