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What is Radon?

What is radon and why should I be concerned?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is released during the natural decay of uranium, which is found in most rock and soil. Radon is odorless, invisible, and without taste. Radon, like other radioactive materials, undergoes radioactive decay that forms decay products. Radon and its decay products release radioactive energy that can damage lung tissue in a way that may cause the beginning of lung cancer. The more radon you are exposed to, and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk of eventually developing lung cancer. According to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, resulting in 15,000 to 22,000 deaths per year. Radon can affect non-smokers and smokers alike.

Where is radon found?

Although certain areas of the state have higher levels of radon then others, radon has been detected in every county in Tennessee.

What can I do?

Test your home for radon! There are no exceptions! Every home in Tennessee should be individually tested to determine risk. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) operates a statewide indoor Radon Program as part of the Office of Sustainable Practices. We offer a myriad of services and assistance, including test kits for homeowners, technical information for universities, and specific materials for targeted audiences, such as real estate professionals, home builders, building codes officials, home inspectors, and school officials. Our commitment is strong and our message is simple. TEST FOR RADON TODAY with a free radon test kit.