Radon Week November 2013

Campaign outline

In November 2013 an awareness campaign, highlighting the dangers of radon, was carried out in the counties visited in the previous three years.  The principal objective of the campaign was to urge home-owners to “Take the radon test” as radon is linked to up to 250 lung cancer cases in Ireland per year.

The awareness campaign was carried out in:

  • Sligo
  • Carlow
  • Waterford
  • South Tipperary
  • Galway
  • Kerry
  • Wexford
  • Louth

Public health announcements were regularly broadcast on local radio stations in these counties, aimed at highlighting the public health risk from radon. This coincided with press releases to the local media highlighting the radon risk in those areas.

Why is radon a problem in these Counties?

In the map below, High Radon Areas are depicted as the brown and dark brown coloured grid squares.

A 'High Radon Area' is one in which more than 10% of homes are predicted to have radon levels in excess of the Reference Level (or acceptable level)of 200 becquerel per cubic metre (Bq/m3).

Many parts of Sligo, Carlow, Waterford, South Tipperary, Galway, Kerry, Wexford and Louth are designated High Radon Areas.

You can search for your home address or nearest town on our interactive radon map.

Even if you do not live in a High Radon Area, you still may have high levels in your home. The only way to know is have your home tested. 

We have also compiled results by county from all the measurements we have undertaken that show these Counties have the highest incidence of radon in homes in the country. Of the 24,401 homes tested in these counties, 18 per cent or approximately one in five is above the acceptable level. 

legend of 8 counties re radon

Further information on radon – what it is; why it is a problem; how it gets into a home; how to test; where to get a test and how to fix the problem can be found elsewhere on this website.