4th November 2019 – Radon Awareness Week. Get the Facts & Then Act
Radon Awareness Week is just over 2 weeks away, beginning on Monday 4th November 2019.
UKRA will be running a campaign focusing on the research from PHE that energy efficient measures are increasing indoor radon levels.
Radon is the highest cause of lung cancer other than smoking and is responsible for over 1100 deaths in the UK every year.
Research from Public Health England and UCL looked at almost half a million homes and deduced that current building practices are making things worse.
The average radon concentration in homes with retrofitted double glazing was 67% higher than those without.
TV & Radio property expert Martin Roberts is backing our campaign and says “The lack of awareness about radon and its health dangers is shocking – and it’s something that could be in any of our homes”. You can hear more from Martin throughout the campaign.
During this year’s Radon Awareness Week, we will be working with various partners to focus on what needs to be done to prevent the number of avoidable lung cancer cases from rising.
More information will be available on www.radonweek.co.uk, with blog posts throughout the week.
Radon Awareness Week 2019
Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and is responsible for over 1100 deaths in the UK every year. High levels of radon can be found in buildings of any type, size or location with occupants unaware of the potential danger unless a specific test has been carried out.
Research published earlier this year has found that indoor radon levels are increasing due to the changes we are making to our buildings for energy efficiency purposes. This in turn will lead to an increase in the number of lung cancer deaths attributable to radon exposure.