As we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we take a more in-depth look into the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how testing for, and mitigating, radon gas is a crucial part of the bigger picture for our planet.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Achieving the target of reducing premature deaths due to incommunicable diseases by 1/3 by the year 2030 would also require more efficient technologies for clean fuel and education on the risks of tobacco. As part of the agenda by 2020, the globe will have reduced premature mortality from non-communicable diseases such as lung cancer by one-third, through prevention and treatment and also promote mental health and wellbeing.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for around 1,100 deaths in the UK every year. Testing for radon is important for the overall health of the population as high levels of radon can be found in any building. By identifying potentially harmful levels, further action can promptly be taken to reduce the potential long-term risks for occupants due to exposure.
Radon testing is simple and straightforward; a 3-month radon test kit is purchased and the detectors are then placed throughout the property, usually in the rooms with the highest occupancy. These small dome-shaped radon detectors are then left in place for 12 weeks before being returned to a laboratory for analysis.
Did you know?
As part of the agenda by 2030, the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination will be reduced
To be truly sustainable, buildings must be healthy to occupy, so it is vital to balance energy efficiency with indoor air quality. Radon levels in existing homes can be reduced by increasing under-floor ventilation, installing a radon sump system or by installing a positive pressure ventilation system.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Over the past 15 years, the global community has made much effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Our very own Head of Radon Projects, Rebecca Coates is not only recognised for her work within propertECO but also the UK Radon Association (UKRA) and European Radon Association (ERA).
Rebecca has devised methods of effectively communicating the risks associated with radon exposure. So much so, Rebecca was presented with an international award – The Innovative Leadership Award, recognising her innovation, dedication and effectiveness in furthering radon education and awareness in the UK.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Our radon test service has a minimal carbon footprint as, unlike many other providers, our detectors are manufactured and analysed right here in the UK, reduce unnecessary emissions. We are continually reviewing new products and suppliers that enable our radon mitigation systems to be more efficient.
The RadonEye Plus is a new generation of smart radon detector, with the ability to connect to WiFi so radon levels can be accessed and monitored remotely, perfect for commercial clients and multiple property owners.
Are you worried about radon?
Purchase a radon test kit online or for free advice please contact one of our experts with our radon test specialists at PropertECO and we will provide all the information you need regarding the problems you are having with radon.