The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is encouraging residents to identify and address radon problems in their homes as part of Radon Action Month by offering free radon test kits and hosting educational outreach events.
“In winter weather, we are spending more and more time inside our homes, where exposure to radon is most likely,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Roughly three-quarters of Tennessee’s population lives in moderate- to high-risk areas for radon, which can pose a threat to human health in concentrated levels.”
Gov. Haslam has proclaimed January 2018 as Radon Action Month state- wide to emphasize the importance around education, testing and mitigation.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed as a result of the breakdown of uranium, which occurs naturally in soil and rock. Radon is odorless, invisible and without taste. As part of TDEC’s statewide indoor Radon Program, the Office of Policy & Sustainable Practices also provides technical information and specific materials for real estate professionals, home builders, home inspectors, school officials and others. As part of Radon Action Month, TDEC staff will be joining partners in communities across the state to offer educational outreach events on radon mitigation.
The upcoming schedule for Nashville will be:
January 9, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cordell Hull Building
425 5th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37243
You can receive your free radon test kit by filling out this online form: https:// tdec.tn.gov/Radon_Online/frmRADON_Online.aspx, or by calling the Tennessee Radon Program hotline at 1-800-232-1139.