Now Is the Time to Test for Radon
by Margaret Campbell
Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that occurs due to the decay of uranium found in all soil and rocks. The risk comes when radon gas enters the home through cracks, holes and other openings in the foundation or basement. Radon is not a risk in outdoor exposure since it quickly dissipates.
“Winter months are the best time to test for radon,” explains Myra Walker, Family and Consumer Sciences Giles Extension agent. “The concern for radon exposure is more intense in the winter months, when homes are closed to protect against the cold weather. Most people are aware that the use of tobacco products (smoking) is the number one cause of lung cancer, but exposure to radon ranks second.”
Testing is fairly inexpensive and easy. Kits may be purchased from the Giles Extension Office, 132 S. Second St., Pulaski. Kits are also available at local big box and hardware stores. The directions are easy and the results are sent directly to you from the lab. All test results remain confidential.
If your test shows an elevated radon level, problems can be fixed by a qualified contractor. Large portions of Tennessee are rated in high risk zones for radon including Giles County.
If you have questions, call the Tennessee Radon Hotline at 1-800-232-1139 or the Giles Extension office at 363-3523.