Health Dept. Says to Test for Radon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — You don’t have to be a smoker to get lung cancer.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department says radon gas is the leading cause for lung cancer in non-smokers.

The department is using National Radon Action Month to raise awareness about this invisible, odorless and tasteless gas.

Health officials say it’s important to test for it.

“If you have not tested for it, you don’t know if it’s an issue or not,” said Sabrina Novak, emergency response coordinator. “And the beauty of radon in general is that if you know it’s an issue you can actually mitigated or take steps to lessen the amount in your home. So there’s really no reason not to test for it.”

If you would like a free test kit, go here:http://www.tn.gov/environment/topic/sp-rad-tennessee-radon-program.

The health department says Hamilton County has a moderate risk for radon.

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