Gov. Bill Lee declares January Radon Action Month, encourages free testing for Tennessee residents

Published 9:21 am Monday, January 22, 2024

FROM STAFF REPORTS
NASHVILLE – In recognition of Radon Action Month, Governor Bill Lee has declared January as the time for residents to take proactive steps in addressing potential radon issues in their homes. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is supporting this initiative by offering free radon test kits through the Tennessee Radon Program.
TDEC Commissioner David Salyers emphasized the importance of homeowners being aware of radon dangers and taking measures to assess the air quality within their residences. “We are glad we can provide these do-it-yourself test kits at no cost, and we hope Tennesseans will take full advantage of this opportunity,” said Commissioner Salyers.
Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas resulting from the decay of uranium in rock and soil, is both odorless and invisible. Despite lacking apparent characteristics, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it holds the top spot as the cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
While radon doesn’t typically pose a health risk outdoors due to its dispersion in the open air, it can accumulate to hazardous levels inside homes. Houses may act as conduits, drawing radon through foundation cracks and other openings. Additionally, radon can be present in well water, releasing into a home during activities such as showering.
To facilitate radon testing, residents can obtain free test kits by filling out a request form online or calling the Tennessee Radon Program hotline at 1-800-232-1139. If high radon levels are detected, mitigation measures, often involving ventilation, can be employed. TDEC strongly advises engaging certified professionals for mitigation purposes.
The Tennessee Radon Program extends its support beyond individual homeowners, providing technical information and materials tailored for real estate professionals, home builders, home inspectors, school officials, and others interested in addressing radon-related concerns.

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