NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is warning residents about the dangers of radon.
“Tennessee has a particularly high level of radon in relation to other states and it has been detected in every county,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said.
For Radon Action Month, they’re now telling homeowners they should test for the gas.
TDE says many Americans spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors, especially when it’s cold outside. This makes it an ideal time to test your home for radon.
It’s a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and opening in the foundation. High concentrations pose a human health risk.
“Acquiring a simple do-it-yourself test kit to help determine the presence of radon is the first step to mitigation,” Martineau added.
The EPA estimates that approximately 70 percent of Tennessee’s population lives in high or moderate risk radon areas.
According to the EPA, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.