The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has joined with the Department of Health to educate residents about the dangers of radon exposure during radon action month in January.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep thru cracks and openings in a home's foundation.
It cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled but in concentrated levels, radon can pose a threat to human health. The e-p-a indicates that radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
While radon poses a threat to the community's health, radon test kits are the first step in identifying a problem. As part of this month, free radon kits are available by calling the Tennessee radon program hotline at 1-800-232-1139.