The Radon Barrier Company Ltd
Ballinagare
Castlerea
Co Roscommon
Tel: 083 8814505
Mobile: 086 2240472
The Radon Barrier Company Ltd
Ballinagare
Castlerea
Co Roscommon
Tel: 083 8814505
Mobile: 086 2240472
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radon test kitTwo public meetings were held in Kerry this week on the dangers of exposure to radon gas. The meetings were part of a wider campaign by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), to urge people in Kerry to test their homes for the presence of the cancer-causing gas, radon.

Nationally, radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to about 200 lung cancer deaths each year.

The meetings heard from David Fenton, Senior Scientist with the RPII, who said: “Radon is only a problem if you ignore it. It’s straightforward to protect yourself and your family from this hazard in your home. The first step is to order a test kit which is sent by post to the homeowner. This has two detectors which are about the size of an air freshener; one of these is placed in the living room and one in the bedroom for three months. These are then posted to the measurement company for analysis. It really is as simple as that.”

Mr Fenton answered a variety of questions from concerned homeowners during the meetings, but summed up by saying, “I know you all have questions which are specifically related to your own home. Every homeowner wonders if they are more or less likely to have high radon levels. The answer to this and every homeowner is the same, the only way you can be sure is if you test.”

“Kerry has one of the highest incidences of homes with high radon levels in Ireland. One in seven homes in Kerry tested for radon is above the acceptable level and 11 of the 20 highest radon levels identified in Ireland were in Kerry. However, take up of people testing has been slow with less than 8% of Kerry homes tested by the RPII and as a result people are continuing to be exposed to a health hazard.”.

Homeowners in Kerry need to take this matter seriously and measure radon levels in their homes to ensure that they and their families are not at risk,” Mr Fenton concluded.

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