What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas. It is formed by the radioactive decay of the small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils. It has long been associated with Aberdeenshire, Devon and
Where is Radon found?
Radon is everywhere; formed from the uranium in all rocks and soils. Radon levels are low everywhere outdoors and in most areas indoors, too. Consequently, the health risk is small, unless it gathers in homes and other buildings where people spend a lot of time.
The Indicative Atlas provides a visual representation of the degree of risk in each area. The darker the colour on the Radon maps, the greater the chance of a high Radon level in a building.
The general areas affected in
· Bathgate Hills
· Livingston (Knightsridge and Deans Industrial Estate)
· Bathgate, including Wester Inch
However not all buildings even in the darkest areas have high levels. The published maps have a limited resolution of 1km squares. The colours shown represent the worst case within the square, which may only affect a very small area within it. Only testing can definitively determine the radiation levels within a property.
For more information, please see our downloadable Information Sheet and the links on the right of this page.