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FAQs - Ionising radiation in consumer products

A series of questions and answers about ionising radiation and its presence in consumer products.

1. What is natural background radiation?
2. Are all consumer products we use in every day life radioactive?
3. I have granite benchtops and tiles in my home. Should I be concerned for my family's health?
4. Could the building products in my home contain harmful levels of radioactivity?
5. Should I be concerned about the fertiliser I use to grow edibles in my garden?
6. Does mineral jewellery contain radioactivity that could be a health concern?
7. I have antique uranium glassware in my house. Should I be concerned about the radiation levels?
8. Should I be concerned that my camera lense contains harmful levels of radioactive material?
9. Should I be concerned about smoke detectors that contain radioactive material?
10. Do gas mantles used in my camping lanterns contain harmful levels of radioactive material?
11. Do cigarettes contain harmful levels of radioactivity?
12. Do televisions emit harmful radiation?
13. I work with thoriated tungsten welding rods. Should I be concerned about my health?
14. I have dentures or fillings made of porcelain. Should I be concerned if they are radioactive?
15. Does contamination occur when radiation is used to sterilise food or household products?
16. Should I be concerned about my health from radioactivty in gemstones?
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