Radon Awareness Week 2019: Chairman’s Review

Radon Awareness Week has been a huge success this year, with so much coverage that we actually caused the PHE radon map website to crash due to the increased traffic. Our own website also achieved unprecedented hits, demonstrating the number of people we reached and encouraged to act with our message. Our campaign Ambassador Martin Roberts was interviewed on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, and UK Radon Association board member Rebecca Coates appeared on BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Radio Stoke, as well as presenting at PHE’s Radon Forum in Chilton.

It was also great to see so many of our members participating by sharing numerous blogs, infographics and posts on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The focus of this year’s campaign was research published earlier this year which found that indoor radon levels are increasing due to the changes we are making to our buildings for energy efficiency purposes. This in turn will lead to an increase in the number of lung cancer deaths attributable to radon exposure.

We hope that by raising awareness we can help reduce the number of unnecessary deaths due to radon related lung cancer.

On behalf of the UK Radon Association I would like to thank all those who have supported the campaign.

The UK Radon Association board meets in a couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to discussing how we will build on this success in 2020 and spread awareness of this important issue even further.

Lynn Cooper

Chair

UK Radon Association