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Complimentary radon tests available online

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The Tennessee Department of Environment is offering complimentary radon test kits online this month.

The department is also educating Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure.

“It is important to test your home since radon acts unpredictably,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “It is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the foundation and cannot be seen, tasted or smelled.”

Visit www.tn.gov/environment/sustainable-practices_radon-program.shtml or contact the Tennessee Radon Program at 1-800-232-1139 to register for a complimentary test kit or for more about radon.

Radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 70 percent of Tennessee’s population lives in high- or moderate-risk radon areas.

Nationally, about 6 percent of homes surveyed had elevated levels of radon. In contrast, 16 percent of Tennessee homes surveyed had elevated levels. In some counties, 33-75 percent of homes tested had elevated levels of radon.

The outreach effort is supported by the American Lung Association, the EPA and various local and county health departments.