The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) is again urging the people of South Tipperary to test their homes for radon, a radioactive gas which is linked to up to 200 lung cancer deaths each year in Ireland.
Over 530 homeowners have undertaken the radon test since May this year following an intensive awareness campaign of the dangers of exposure to the radioactive gas. These are in addition to the 1900 homes previously tested by the RPII in the county. However, this is only a small fraction of the estimated 29,000 homes in South Tipperary which need to be tested.
Up to one in five homes in particular areas are predicted to have concentrations of radon above the acceptable level. Of the homes in Clonmel tested by the RPII, 20 per cent have been found to be above the acceptable level and of these approximately 6 per cent had four times the acceptable level.