Know your home's risk for radon gas

One out of every 15 homes in this nation has a high level of radon. Exposure to radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says radon gas is responsible for more than 20,000 deaths annually in the United States. It claims more lives annually than drunken driving, house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning combined.

Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is found in offices, schools and homes all across the country.

The gas is particularly prevalent in areas of Northeast Tennessee. That’s why it’s important to determine the risks posed by radon in your home or office.

Testing — which is easy and inexpensive — is the only way to know if your home or office is at risk from radon.

The EPA recommends testing all buildings below the third floor for radon.



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