Free test kits for radon – a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can build up in homes – are being offered online through the state.
“Tennesseans can check for the presence of radon in the home with a simple test,” Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan said in an emailed announcement.
“I encourage all Tennesseans to order one of these free, easy-to-use test kits and take this important step to protect the health of your loved ones from the dangers of exposure to radon.”
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in their foundations. It cannot be seen, tasted or smelled, but in concentrated levels, radon can pose a threat to human health.
Parts of Tennessee, including the Mid-State, have rock underlying them that releases relatively large amounts of the gas.