January 25th, 2016
Athens, Ga. – UGA Extension is increasing awareness and testing for radon in Georgia homes throughout the month of January, and will host a symposium this week to further promote the issue.
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas which is both odorless and tasteless and can also be hard to detect.
For National Radon Action Month, the UGA Radon Program is offering radon home testing kits to Georgia citizens for $10.
“Radon can be found in any type or age of home,” said Extension Housing Specialist Pamela Turner. “So the only way to know if you and your family are at risk is to test.”
In addition to the testing kits, the Georgia Radon Symposium will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 9- 3 p.m. at the UGA Gwinnett Campus.
“The symposium provides an opportunity to learn more about radon in the state of Georgia and how consumers and businesses can benefit from increased awareness about the negative health implications of radon,” Turner said.
This event will feature speakers from UGA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Community Affairs, Georgia State University and the New York State Department of Health. The agenda can be found here.
To buy a home testing kit, register for the symposium, or learn more about radon gas, visit www.UGAradon.org.
In related news, the UGA Radon Program and the state radon poster contest winners met with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this month, where Deal presented a proclamation noting that January is Radon Action Month in Georgia.
Content winners were Cate Fortune, Statesboro, first place; Stephen Yin, Watkinsville, second place; Daniel Byrd, Athens, third place; and Anthony Blake, Zebulon, honorable mention.
Joining the contest winners in the meeting with Deal were representatives from UGA Extension, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the EPA.
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