>What is Radon and how does it impact homes? Sign up for FREE now for hacks, market analysis, inspiration and more SUBSCRIBE Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoPublic Health England explained: “Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas formed by the radioactive decay of the small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils.” Above-average levels of radon radiation remain in areas of Cornwall as well as Devon. Related articles What is beaning? Concern over TikTok trend Libra love match: Most compatible star sign for a Libra ‘Colourless’ and ‘odourless’ deadly gas that could be in your home – areas where it is high (Image: Getty) READ MORE World Heritage Sites: All 33 of the UK’s listed areas The gas is the second-highest cause of lung cancer, with radon estimated to kill more than 1,100 people each year in the UK.The radioactive elements formed by the decay of radon can be inhaled and enter the lungs.Inside the lungs, these elements continue to decay and emit radiation, which can cause damage, causing cancer.Symptoms from radon poisoning don’t show up straight away and instead can result in health problems like cancer.READ MORE: Harry & Meghan’s ‘heavily airbrushed’ Time 100 cover snap sparks anger Above-average levels of radon radiation remain in areas of Cornwall as well as Devon (Image: Public Health England)PHE added: “Every building contains radon but the levels are usually low. The chances of a high level depend on the type of ground.”Inside buildings, the air pressure tends to be lower than outside and so radon is drawn in through the gaps in the floor.A recent map from PHE shows the areas in the UK where there are above-average levels of the gas.The worst affected areas in Cornwall include Penzance, Bodmin Moor, St Austell, Camborne, Redruth and Helston.DON’T MISS:Mrs Hinch fan shares how to get rid of fruit flies ‘once and for all’ [COMMENT]Princess Anne and Zara ‘like-minded’ despite ‘different lives’ [EXPERT]Strictly’s Rose and Giovanni ‘most watchable couple’ on opening show [INSIGHT] Trending The region is said to have higher levels of the deadly gas due to a larger granite presence.It means that people living in the area are at greater risk of radiation absorption.Places in Wales also have a high level of radon as well as some areas in the Peak District.The Yorkshire Dales is also at greater risk of seeing a high level of the gas. Most popular villages in the UK (Image: NC) READ MORE Property: 5 ways to fast track buying a house Areas in London and Norfolk remain at low risk of seeing radon.The longer that someone is exposed to the gas, the greater the risk becomes.Although the gas can’t be seen or smelt, it can be tested for.According to Public Health England, radon detectors are safe and simple to use, and can be measured over time. Related articles Kate Middleton has jewellery ‘more valuable than diamonds’ Celebrity personal trainer shares exercise tips for getting into shape Looking for a new home, or just fancy a look? Add your postcode below or visit InYourArea var iframe=document.getElementById(“iya-widget-30b7bdef-2029-4b71-8f4a-0c1383300fa5-propertyListings”);var pub=””;if(window.location.hostname.split(“.”)[1]){pub=window.location.hostname.split(“.”)[1]}iframe.src+=”&theme=”+pub;iframe.onload=function(){iFrameResize({log:!1},”#iya-widget-30b7bdef-2029-4b71-8f4a-0c1383300fa5-propertyListings”)}Detectors contain a piece of clear plastic which is sensitive to radon.At the end of a three month period, it can be returned to PHE to see if there is any radon in the property.Some simple actions such as sealing around loft-hatches, sealing large openings in floors and extra ventilation do not reduce radon levels on their own.PHE said: “When combined with other effective measures, they can improve the reduction.”Some preventative measures can cost up to £2,000 if there is a high level of the invisible gas inside. Related articles Michael Mosley shares ‘healthiest diet on the planet’ Savvy shopper shares how to get 70% off groceries from supermarkets Camilla ‘happy’ for Prince Charles to take ‘centre stage’

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