UGA GreenWay News

A Greener Way of Living, at Home and Abroad

January is Radon Action Month

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and number one cause among non-smokers.  You may think this is just a problem in the north or for homes with basements.  Not true!  Radon kills about 21,000 people each year, more than drunk driving.  One in fifteen homes in the U.S. has an elevated radon level.  It could be your home.

The University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourage you to test your home.  If you live in Georgia, go to www.ugaradon.org to order a kit for $10.  If you live in another state you can get a radon test kit from your State Radon Contact or the National Radon Program Services at Kansas State University. For more information go to: http://www.epa.gov/radon/radontest.html.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal proclaimed January as Radon Action Month and recognized the Georgia Radon Poster Contest winners on January 7th at the Georgia State Capitol.

Radon Proclamation Jan 7 2013

Posters from the Georgia Award Winners

1st Place - Grace from Gwinnett County

1st Place – Grace from Gwinnett County

2nd Place - Alyssa from Walton County

2nd Place – Alyssa from Walton County

3rd Place - Clara from Walton County

3rd Place – Clara from Walton County

Test.  Fix.  Save a life.

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About Pamela Turner

I am an Associate Professor and Extension Housing & Environment Specialist at the University of Georgia. I have a passion for helping people improve their home environment and live greener and healthier lives. An important part of that is helping people weed through all of the information to find trustworthy sources. www.gafamilies.org/home

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