Bath & North East Somerset is an area affected by naturally occurring radon gas.  Radon is a natural gas found in soil and rocks everywhere.  It is colourless, tasteless and odourless. Levels vary all round the world, and vary even from house to house in the same street.  Self measurement of levels in your home is simple and is available at low cost from the Health Protection Agency.  Once you have the results of the self-measurement service, if you have an actionable level we can advise on ways to reduce the level.

The risks

International & national health studies have linked radon with lung cancer, but as is the case with the link between smoking and lung cancer, to prove the exact mechanism would take a massive investment in time and effort.  Statistical studies show that radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer, after smoking. People who are exposed to high levels of radon are more likely to get lung cancer, and the additional risk to smokers is much higher than to non-smokers. 

If you have any concerns or queries contact the Housing Standards and Improvement Team on 01225 396444 for further information or look at the Health Protection Agency website.

 

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