Radon Pilot Study

Knowledge is Testing Radon Study

Research shows that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, next to smoking. The Health Unit is running a pilot study to determine if radon is widely distributed in our area. Radon gas is odourless, colourless, and tasteless. The only way to find out what the radon levels are in your home is by testing.

This study is being led by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health (ESTPH) to measure if and where members of the public are exposed to high levels of indoor radon.  As part of this study, 150 eligible participants (home owners) will be selected to receive a free radon test kit that will measure the radon level in their home.

Who is able to participate?

To participate in this study, you must own a home in St. Thomas or Elgin County.  Your home must have a basement or crawlspace that you can access.  You should not be planning to renovate or sell your home in the next 6 months.

Meeting these conditions does not guarantee you will be selected to participate in the study. Because of a limited supply of free test kits, applicants will be selected from those who meet our criteria. Fifty homes will be selected from the following geographic areas:  East Elgin County, West Elgin County and Central Elgin/St. Thomas.

In the event you are not chosen to participate and you wish to measure radon levels in your home, test kits cost between $30 and $60 and can be purchased from some hardware stores or ordered online.

How do I participate?

To be a part of this study, you must:

Information from the survey provides us with background about the home you are planning to test and whether it meets the criteria for the study. Some of the questions are about risk factors for indoor radon that will be used in the final stages of this project.

Participation in this study is voluntary. You can choose not to participate or to stop participating at any time until your radon test results are submitted to the lab.  Your online survey responses will be linked to your radon test kit results; however, your responses will be collected with those of many others and summarized so that no individual participating in this study can be identified from the information in any report produced by Elgin St. Thomas Public Health. Any of your contact information collected will be stored separately from your test results and will not be used in the final report.

As part of the testing process, the Health Unit will work with you to help you understand your results and possible next steps if they are higher than normal.  The cost of actions to lower radon levels in a home can range from 0$ to much higher, depending on a number of factors. The ultimate choice and responsibility to make any changes to the home are yours as the home owner.

You will only receive an email from ESTPH if you have been selected to participate. The survey closes on Friday, February 16, 2018. If you are not contacted, you have not been chosen.

If you have any questions or concerns about the study before you consent to participate, please contact radon@elginhealth.on.ca

 

 

Last Updated: February 1, 2018