Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Free Cancer Causing Gas Tests

news-logo.jpg
Submit this page to redditDelicious

6:01am 15th November 2011

Thousands of families in Cornwall are being offered free checks for a cancer causing gas.

The Health Protection Agency is worried about radon levels in the old Restormel area.

It says some homes have levels fifty times above the point where action is needed.

Neil McColl, head of radon at the HPA's Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards said, "Cornwall has long been known as the area of the UK with more homes potentially exposed to high radon than anywhere else. This really illustrates just how important it is, especially in Cornwall, to get your home tested. Once you know what your radon level is can you do something about it. Our hope is that people that we write to take advantage of the free test we're offering."

Radon can not be seen, smelled or tasted - but each year long term exposure to it is believed to lead to over 1,000 lung cancer deaths across the UK. Now thousands of letters offering the easy checks are being sent out.

Lee Wagland, an officer from the Cornwall Council Environmental Health Service, said, "Radon exposure and the associated risks can be greatly, and easily, reduced. In most cases the remediation required is relatively straight forward and some can even be undertaken by anyone with practical DIY experience."

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health, at Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust, said, "Over the years we have seen a number of extremely high radon readings in Cornwall - of course these are rare but do show that there are people out there at significant risk. Radon exposure and the associated risks can be greatly reduced."

6:01am 15th November 2011

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
driving in rain

Downpours cause wet weather crashes

Take care Cornwall - it's not nice out there!

rejerrah crash

Casualty cut free after crash near Newquay

It shut a road off the A3075 for over an hour

Most read
coverack 4

WATCH: Flash floods hit Cornish village

A wall of water swept through Coverack

flooding in newquay

WATCH: Torrential rain turns roads to rivers

Weather warning and now flood alerts for Cornwall

Top articles

WATCH: Coverack road expected to re-open next week

Cornwall News: Chunks were washed away in flash floods...

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

New Charlie Gard scan makes for 'sad reading'

National News: A new scan on Charlie Gard makes for "sad reading", a lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital has said.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Justin Bieber banned from singing in China because of 'bad behaviour'

Showbiz News: Despite his musical success, worldwide fame and millionaire status Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China.

Justin Bieber banned from singing in China because of 'bad behaviour'

World News: Despite his musical success, worldwide fame and millionaire status Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China.

The Open: Henrik Stenson's rented house burgled during first round

Sports News: Henrik Stenson has revealed the house he is staying in during The Open was burgled on Thursday.

Ford employs 'golden nose' smell assessors to boost falling car sales in China

Strange News: Ford is hoping 18 smell assessors, known as "golden noses", will help revive its falling car sales in China.

Newer article

Youth Unemployment Soars in Cornwall

Cornwall News: The TUC says a third more 18-24 year-olds are out of work

Older article

Salty Sea Dog Takes Up Surfing

Cornwall News: Cornish owner teaches his pet to surf

Pirate Extra My Music Radio Escape LoveCornwall