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

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.

 

How Radon gas enters a buildingRadon levels equivalent to 13 chest X-rays per day were identified in a home in Galway city, the highest level of radon gas ever discovered in a home in the county, according to the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII).

Radon levels at 19 times the acceptable level of 200 Bq/m3 were discovered in the home which was one of five dwellings in Co Galway. One home in Kerry also recorded levels of radon – a cancer-causing odourless, tasteless and colourless gas – at over 10 times this level.

 

combined mapFifteen per cent of Mayo homes recently tested for radon were found to have high levels of the cancer-causing gas according to figures released by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII).

One home in Ballina had more than five times the acceptable level.

Over 300 homes from across the country have been identified by the RPII as having high levels of radon in the last seven months.

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