What is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, produced by rocks such as granite deep in the ground. It can seep up through the soil and find its way into your home. You can’t see or smell radon but if there is a lot of it in your home it could affect your health. Some parts of the country are more badly affected than others and Public Health England (PHE) is the government body that is responsible for tracking which areas are at risk. PHE has recently told us that new information shows that some of our homes and estates could be affected – we therefore need your help to identify at-risk homes and take action to deal with the problem to ensure your safety. The risk in your area is small – the chance of your property being affected is between 1% and 3%. However, it’s important that we make sure that levels of radon inside your home are safe.
How we test for radon
Testing is the only way to find out the actual levels of radon inside your home as factors such as the exact location, style of construction, and ventilation can all have an effect. So it’s important that you work with us to help us identify those homes that are most badly affected so that we can carry out work to make your home safer to live in.
If your home has high levels of radon
If your home is found to have higher than acceptable levels of radon, we will take steps to reduce it. Works may include improving sealing, openings in floors or improving ventilation in your property. Once we know which properties are affected, we will plan work to deal with the problem at each location.
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