What is Radon?
Radon gas is produced during the radioactive decay of radium which comes from uranium. It is also referred to as Radon-222 and is often described as the daughter of the radioactive decay of radium. It occurs naturally through the presence of uranium in most rocks, soils, bricks and concrete. Radon gas itself does not present too serious a radiological hazard when breathed in and immediately exhaled. The problem lies with the decay products – the radon daughters – which behave like solids and can attach themselves to dust and moisture in the atmosphere. These solids can take up residence in lungs and airways and emit alpha particles which are known to cause cell damage. We all breathe in radon to some extent and it accounts for half of the radiation dosage each of us receives. It is not possible to see, hear, smell or taste radon gas. Outdoors, radon disperses harmlessly into the air, but once it finds its way indoors, through gaps and cracks in floors and walls, it may build up to potentially harmful levels. The amount of gas released varies greatly depending on where you live and is more likely to be found in areas where the geology features concentrations of granite and limestone.
The Risks to Your Health
Health data from nine European countries confirms that domestic exposure to radon increases the risk of lung cancer. In the UK between 1000 and 2000 deaths each year are estimated to be caused by exposure to radon. Results based on a European wide epidemiological study showed that the risk from radon is approximately 25 times higher for cigarette smokers than for non-smokers.
Public Health England’s Interactive Map is a very useful map which shows how high the levels of Radon are in the UK. You can enter your postcode on the map to see how high the levels are in your area. The darker the colour, the higher exposure you are likely to have to Radon.
Public Health England (PHE) have their own website dedicated to Radon which can be found here.
Radon Preventative Measures
There are many preventative measures you can take to protect yourself against too much exposure to Radon. The measure you need to take is dictated by the level of Radon present in your property expressed in Becquerel’s per cubic metre (Bqm³). You can purchase a Radon Test Kit directly from us.
Should you wish to purchase one, please contact us on 01823 690292 where one of our friendly team will be happy to help.
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