Council homes surveyed for radon levels

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council has surveyed radon levels in almost all its social houses over the past few years and taken action to reduce the cancer causing gas in homes where the levels were too high.

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council has surveyed radon levels in almost all its social houses over the past few years and taken action to reduce the cancer causing gas in homes where the levels were too high.

Town Clerk Michael O’Brien informed the Town Council’s July meeting that the Council had surveyed about 98% of its social housing stock.

The exceptions were a small number of houses council staff were unable to gain access to because the tenants either didn’t want them to go into the house or there wasn’t any reply to repeated calls by council workers.

“Where radon was detected at above the recommended levels, appropriate remedial action was taken and houses were re-checked to ensure that radon levels had been reduced to acceptable levels,” he explained.

The Town Clerk was responding to a motion on radon tabled by Fine Gael Cllr Margaret Croke.

The Radiological Protection Institute says South Tipperary and Waterford have a significant radon problem and one home tested in Carrick-on-Suir had more than five times the acceptable level of radon.

The Institute advises all home owners to check the radon levels in their houses.