When buying a home, there are many factors to check and get assessed, but one that is often overlooked is a property’s Radon levels. Certain parts of the UK are more at risk of this radioactive gas, which has no smell, taste or colour but can cause serious health problems for people living in properties with higher than acceptable Radon levels.
One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of ventilation systems, EnviroVent, is advising homeowners and buyers to get their homes Radon tested, as it could be harmful to health. Most “at risk” areas in the UK are parts of Cornwall and South Devon, Swansea, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Richmond, Northamptonshire and North Lincolnshire.
Exposure to higher than acceptable Radon levels is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the UK - it is estimated that more than 1,100 deaths from lung cancer each year in Britain are caused by Radon.
Phil Harrison, EnviroVent Domestic Ventilation Manager, said: “We are advising homeowners if they are concerned about Radon levels in their home to get in touch and we will arrange a Radon test. Our Positive Input Ventilation systems have proved to be very effective in reducing Radon gas levels and therefore minimising the risks to occupants. These systems also have a very positive benefit by improving indoor air quality in the home, which helps to create a healthier living environment.”
Here are EnviroVent’s five tips if you live in or are buying a house in a Radon ‘at risk’ area:
Radon can be present in buildings of any size, age, type or location. It is mainly found in areas with high levels of granite and other igneous rock.
To find out more about Radon or how to arrange a test kit, please contact EnviroVent on 0345 27 27 807, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.envirovent.com/home-ventilation.
For more information on Radon, visit www.radonassociation.co.uk To find out the risks in your area, visit the website http://www.ukradon.org/information/ukmaps or visit http://www.properteco.co.uk/putting-radon-levels-into-perspective/.
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