Five homes in Co Tipperary have been found with radon gas levels above the acceptable level in the past year and a half, according to figures released today by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) One home in Cahir had more than 6 times the acceptable level and the occupants were recieving a radiation dose equivalent to 1500 chest X-Rays per year.
In its latest publication of results from completed radon tests in the past year and a half over 430 homes from across the country have been identified by RPII as having high levels of radon.
The gas is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to more than 200 lung cancer deaths each year in Ireland.
In Tipperary 64, tests for radon gas were completed in the past year and a half 5 were found to be above the level
The RPII is advising all homeowners to get their properties tested for levels of the gas.