The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits for Tennesseans to test their homes in January. Governor Bill Lee has proclaimed the month as “Radon Action Month.”
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally-occurring radioactive gas that threatens people’s health when it is trapped in confined spaces such as homes. It is produced by the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soils. The only way to know if it is in the home is to test for it.
For more information and to request a free test kit, call 1-800-232-1139.
Radon does not generally present a health risk outdoors because it is diluted in the open air. Radon can, however, build up to dangerous levels inside a house. A house can act like a vacuum, drawing radon through foundation cracks and other openings. Radon may also be present in well water and can be released in a home when water is used for showering and other household activity.