A map reveals radioactive gas hotspots in Glasgow.
Radon is formed by the radioactive decomposition of small amounts of uranium that can be found naturally in all rocks and soils.
It is colorless, odorless and tasteless but it is found everywhere.
The UK government, however, says that “every building has radon but the levels are generally lower.”
And they “are likely to be high-level depending on the type of land.”
Radiation from the substance can increase the risk of cancer.
The UK government has released a map showing higher levels of potential.
The darker the color, the higher the likelihood. White areas have a chance of less than one in a hundred, and dark areas have a chance of more than one in three.
The map shows Glasgow’s city center and west end areas as hotspots, spread over many areas along the Clyde River.
Similarly, hotspots have been identified around Drumchell, affecting areas of Maryhill.
On the South Side, many areas have been identified near Pollock Country Park and Queen’s Park.
What is radon gas?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that we cannot see, smell or taste.
The gas is formed by the radioactive decomposition of a small amount of uranium that comes naturally from rocks and soil.
Why is this a risk to our health?
As the radioactive elements deteriorate, they emit radiation. Facing this is a risk to our health because radiation can damage living tissues and increase the risk of cancer in humans.
Where is it found?
Radon is found everywhere because it is formed from uranium in all rocks and soils.
Why is radiation harmful?
We are exposed to radiation from all natural and man-made sources but radioactive elements produced by the fall of radon can enter our lungs by inhalation.
Once inside our lungs, these elements continue to degrade and expel radiation and then absorb by the nearby lung ues and cause local damage.
Studies have shown that increased exposure to radon increases your risk of lung cancer.