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Limited Number of Free Radon Test Kits Available at Lentz Health Center on Friday

January 11, 2017

January Is Radon Awareness Month: Learn How To Protect Your Home

Test, Fix and Save a Life.

The Metro Public Health Department's Environmental Health Bureau will staff an information booth in the lobby of the Lentz Public Health Center offering free radon information and a limited number of free radon test kits for the public. The booth and free test kits will be available, Friday, January 13 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Tennessee Department of Environmental and Conservation (TDEC) are providing the free test kits. The Lentz Public Health Center is located at 2500 Charlotte Ave.

The push to build awareness about radon is to educate our community about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air, but which can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Scientists have long been concerned about the health risk of radon, but never before has there been such overwhelming proof that exposure to elevated levels of radon causes lung cancer in humans.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. "However, because you can't see or smell radon, people tend ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes." said Sanmi Areola, Environmental Health Director for the Metro Public Health Department.

Testing homes for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive. For those who cannot make it to the Health Department for the free test kit on Friday, the Health Department offers the "Do It Yourself" Radon Test Kit for $5.00 at the Lentz Public Health Center. This price includes lab fees and shipping costs. You can also buy a "Do It Yourself" test kit at local Home Improvement stores. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of many common home repairs such as painting or having a new water heater installed.

Metro Public Health Department urges Nashville residents to take action during this year's National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. Radon poses a serious threat to our community's health but there is a straightforward solution. For more information on radon, radon testing and mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction, call us at 615-340-5653 or visit our website, or visit EPA's National Radon Action Month website.