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Radon, what do you know about it?

Take the Radon Test to see how much you know about radon.

1. What is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers?

a. Secondhand smoke

b. Radon gas

c. Industrial pollution

d. All of the above

2. Where are you most likely to be exposed to radon?

a. At home

b. At work

c. Around granite outcrops

d. In urban areas

3. What causes radon gas?

a. Motor vehicle emissions mixing with nitrogen

b. Uranium decay in soil and water

c. Cigarette smoke

d. All of the above

4. How is radon detected?

a. By a noticeable metallic odor

b. Textiles (curtains, bed coverings, etc.) begin to fade

c. A home test kit

d. An extensive electronic analysis of the air around the exterior of your home

5. What happens if your home tests high for radon?

a. Your home will be declared uninhabitable

b. You will have to move

c. You can hire a certified professional to fix your home

d. All of the above

See how you did on the radon knowledge test.  Answers:

  1. “A” – Each year radon is responsible for about 21,000 deaths from lung cancer and about 2,900 are among people who never smoked. Radon kills more people than drunk driving.
  2. “A” – You spend a lot of time in your home, and research finding confirm that breathing low levels of radon over time can lead to lung cancer.
  3. “B” –  Radon gas is produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water.
  4. “C” – Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that can be detected by a simple home test.
  5. “C” – If the radon level in your home is 4 picocuries per liter or above then you should shop around and hire a certified professional.

This is a great time to test your home for radon. Testing is inexpensive and it is easy to obtain a home test kit.

How to get a radon test kit:

If you live in Georgia you can order a radon test kit for $10 at or call your county Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. (Kit price includes lab fees.)

If you live outside Georgia, you may be able to get a radon test kit from your State Radon Contact or the National Radon Program Services at Kansas State University. The cost of a kit varies, but make sure the lab fees are included in the kit price.



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.

One comment on “Radon, what do you know about it?

  1. terravaporllc
    January 30, 2013

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