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What is radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring odourless, colourless radioactive gas that affects some parts of West Northamptonshire.

The gas gets into homes through floors and walls. High levels of radiation have been associated with an increased incidence of lung cancer, particularly when its exposure is long term and combined with cigarette smoking.

How do I test for radon?

It is possible to order a home measurement pack from UK radon. If you are buying a property and wish to know what levels of radon are present you can purchase a radon risk report from UK radon.

The UK radon site also provides:

  • general information on radon gas
  • radon address searches
  • conveyancing information (house sales- exchange of properties in radon affected areas)
  • testing and measurement of properties - how to obtain radon monitors and undertake testing

How can I reduce radon levels in my home?

The Building Research Establishment has been working with radon solutions for many years. More information can be found on their web site about radon solutions.

Radon in the workplace

Radon is also a concern in the workplace and an employer has a legal duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure you are not exposed to high levels of radon in the workplace. For further advice and information on radon in the workplace visit the Health and Safety Executive website which has publications for download and advice on how to comply with the law.

Last updated 20 June 2023