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What are the basic measures to protect us from radiation?

Increasing distance from a radiation source, shorten the time of exposure  and shielding, which are the basic  protective measures to reduce doses from external exposure, could save our lives, Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) said.

The less time that people are exposed to a radiation source, the less the absorbed dose.

The farther away that people are from a radiation source, the less the absorbed dose. 

 

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Barriers of lead, concrete or water can stop radiation or reduce radiation intensity.

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To reduce doses from intake of radioactive substances, the following basic countermeasures can be considered:

<ol type="1"> <li>shortening time of exposure to contaminants;</li> <li>preventing surface contamination;</li> <li>preventing inhalation of radioactive materials in air; </li> <li>preventing ingestion of contaminated foodstuffs and drinking water.</li> </ol>

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