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Tennesseans Urged To Test For Radon

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Two state agencies, the federal government and the American Lung Association, are encouraging Tennesseans to test their homes for radon during National Radon Month.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can enter homes through foundation cracks or openings. It's invisible and odorless and high concentrations can cause health problems including lung cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 70 percent of Tennesseans live in areas with high or moderate risk of radon.

The Tennessee Health Department and the state Department of Environment and Conservation are offering more information about radon and radon testing on their websites or by calling toll free to (800) 232-1130.

State officials recommend testing for radon during consistently cold weather.

The Metro Public Health Department offers radon test kits for $5 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday at the Lentz Health Center, located at 311 23rd Ave. North. 

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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