Have you checked your home for radon?

RadonRadon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas. It is formed by the natural disintegration of uranium, which is present in all surface rocks and soil, and is the second largest cause of lung cancer after smoking. The World Health Organisation estimates that radon causes up to 15% of lung cancers worldwide.

In some countries, radon measurements are part of the standard survey that is done when purchasing a home. It’s optional in the UK, but highly recommended, and more and more people are now doing it. Most UK homes have levels of radon around 20 Bq m3 (bequerels per cubic metre), which is thought to be no cause for concern, but in some parts of the country and many parts of the world, it is higher. There is no way to know what level of radon you are exposed to unless you measure it.

UK radon maps
US radon zones

Professional testing can be very expensive, but now there are meters available that you can buy or hire at quite reasonable prices.

UK: Canary radon meter
US: Airthings digital radon detector

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Karen Kingston is a leading expert in clutter clearing, space clearing, feng shui and healthy homes. Her two international bestselling books have combined sales of over three million copies in 26 languages and have established themselves as "must read" classics in their fields. Her best-known title, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, is now in its fourth edition. She is best known for her perspective-changing insights and practical solutions that enable more conscious navigation of 21st-century living.
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6 Responses to Have you checked your home for radon?

  1. Where I lived in North Cornwall the council or government I cannot remember which but it was in those circles actually sent us a test kit a few years ago few of charge and asked us to test our homes

  2. Good on you for getting the word out! Yes Radon is everywhere. I travel Canada and down under to help, just call, we will. Help! Whether over the phone or in person! We are here to help. Check out CARST.ca (The Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) or just google radon and your town or country. Yes there is radon gas in your face as you read this, but you never know how much unless you test.

  3. The US map doesn’t tell us what the zones actually mean, is Zone 1 the “bad” one, or is it Zone 3?? Confusing the way the EPA put this map together – back to mapping school for them!

    1. Hi Tracy,

      Just scroll down the webpage to the bottom. There is a section there explaining what the colours mean. Red areas potentially have high levels of radon, orange areas have moderate levels, and yellow areas have low levels.

      You can also select individual US states to get more detailed information. It’s nothing like as detailed as the UK, where you can order a radon risk report online within minutes for most properties, for only £3.60, which will let you know immediately if it would be a good idea to do more testing. But then the UK is a much smaller place. There’s not so much of it to map!

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