Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause overall. Each year close to 21,000 people in the United States die, over 800 of these deaths are Georgians. Radon can be found in air or water and may be anywhere in Georgia. Check the map to learn more about radon in your county. See below some facts about radon and what to do to keep your family safe.

1 in 15 homes have high radon levels. The good news is that you can check your home with a simple at-home test kit from @UGAExtension — and if your home has high levels of radon, you can take steps to fix it.
Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., after cigarette smoking. If you live in a home with high radon levels, smoking raises your risk of lung cancer tenfold.
Radon is a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Entering through cracks in floors and walls over time, radon can build up in your home and cause health problems.

Testing is the only way to know if your home has a high level of radon gas. Radon in air test kits can be purchased online or in some county Extension offices (please call to check for availability). Test kits for radon in well water are available from the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Lab for $30.00.

Consider coming to our free zoom program on Tuesday, January 10th at 10am. Join Derek Cooper, Radon Educatior with the University of Georgia, as he shares what radon is, how it comes into your homes, and how to test for it. To register, please go to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtduGorDwjGN0-UYKD8lDmaKkfXnLfSiVh

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Kim Toal, is the Fayette County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. For more information on gardening in Fayette County, contact Fayette County Extension at 770-305-5412 or online at www.ugaextension.org/fayette.