RPII to highlight danger of exposure to cancer causing radon gas during an awareness drive in Sligo

Almost a quarter of homes measured in Sligo have high levels.

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) is to host a week long awareness drive in Sligo to highlight the dangers of exposure to radon gas. The information campaign will begin on Saturday 20th March and will urge people to test their homes for the presence of the cancer-causing gas, radon.

Sligo has the highest incidence of homes with high radon levels in Ireland, with almost one in four homes measured in the county so far exceeding the acceptable level. Exposure to radon gas is linked to some 200 lung cancer deaths each year in Ireland.

As part of the awareness drive, the RPII will host two public meetings on Wednesday 24th March at 3.30 pm and 7.30pm in the Sligo Park Hotel. The information event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

David Fenton of the RPII, said: “Radon is a serious issue, especially in Sligo. But it’s easy to test for it and if your home has high levels, it’s relatively inexpensive to fix the problem. Because radon is invisible, odourless and tasteless, people cannot tell if they have high levels of the radioactive gas in their home without testing for it. Homeowners in Sligo need to take this matter seriously and measure radon levels in their homes to ensure that they and their families are not at risk”

All Clear Radon provides an accredtied radon testing service and is recognised by the RPII.

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