It’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless, but high levels of this gas can increase cancer risk — and it occurs naturally in the countryside.
Public health officials say every building contains radon and levels are usually low, but there are hotspots across the country caused by the type of soil buildings are built on.
An interactive map provided by the UK Health Security Agencycan tell you if you live in or near an area affected by high levels of radon gas.
The darker the color, the greater the likelihood of a higher gas concentration. The risk is less than one in every hundred households in the white areas and more than one in three in the darkest areas.
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What is radon gas?
Radon is formed by the radioactive decay of the small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soil. That means it’s everywhere.
The radiation emitted can increase the risk of cancer
Is radon gas dangerous and am I at risk?
Corresponding UKradonRadon creates a radioactive dust in the air we breathe.
The dust gets trapped in our airways and emits radiation that damages the inside of our lungs. This damage, like the damage caused by smoking, increases our risk of lung cancer.
The higher the radon level and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk.
To reduce the risk, UKradon suggests that you find out if you live in a radon risk area and if so, survey your home. If radon is high, reduce it and if you smoke, quit.
How Brighton & Hove is affected by radon gas
All of Brighton & Hove has some radon potential.
According to the map, however, the entire area is low-risk with a maximum of 1-3%.
Even if you move to the surrounding towns, it shows mostly the same level as here, with a few spots that rise to a maximum radon potential of 3-5%.
When the scale climbs to “more than 30%,” it’s reassuring to know exactly where you live on the other end.
How to check radon in your area
— UK Radon Association (@UKRadonAssoc) November 3, 2021
If you are concerned about the radon risk in your area you can purchase a Radon Risk Report from the UK Government website for £3.90 which will tell you if your home is in a radon affected area.
If this is the case, the recommended radon concentration in your home will be measured. You get two detectors to place in your house, one in the living area and one in an occupied bedroom.
After three months, you send the detectors back for analysis. The results will then be sent back to you. This costs £52.80 and can be ordered via this link.
You can use the to find out about testing and view the interactive map UKradon website.
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