Sign Up to Participate!
We are now seeking people with gas stoves in their home to participate in this study! If you live in one of the cities listed above and use a natural gas stove to cook, you may be eligible to participate. We ask that you fill out our Participant Registration Form (click the box corresponding to your city above) to sign up. After submitting the form and verifying your eligibility to participate, you will be contacted to arrange a 20-minute home visit. At this time, a PSE researcher will collect a sample of gas from your stove.
About the Study
Much is still unknown about the health impacts of using natural gas in our homes. The Kitchen Pollutants Study aims to improve our understanding of the relationship between indoor air quality and human health and the potential health hazards of unburned natural gas.
By signing up to participate (see above), you will help us answer the question: What is in natural gas besides methane? In the current phase of the project, researchers are focused on the chemical makeup of natural gas, including concentrations of dozens of health-damaging air pollutants. PSE Healthy Energy’s staff scientists will take direct samples from volunteers’ homes to quantify these pollutants. We are currently collecting samples in Toronto, and Vancouver.
Our natural gas sampling procedure involves us taking a sample of unburned gas from kitchen stoves (see photo). We will connect a hose to the stove and collect a sample of gas in a canister to send to a contracted lab for analysis. No damage or modifications will be done to the stove during this process. We are seeking residents and community groups to sample their stoves across these cities.
If you have any questions about this project please email us at NaturalGasStudy@psehealthyenergy.org or call/text us at 510-263-6189.