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Georgia students recognized as part of National Radon Action Month

By for CAES News

As part of a poster contest conducted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program, students from across the state created posters highlighting the dangers of radon, an odorless, colorless and flavorless radioactive gas that is present in some Georgia soils.

Almost 200 posters were submitted to the state-level competition, and three were sent on to compete in the National Radon Poster Contest, sponsored by Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Kylie Jordan, a sixth-grader from Morrow, Georgia, won first place for her poster of a sci-fi-inspired radon cloud hovering over a neighborhood. Eliza Everson, an eighth-grader from Athens, Georgia, took home second place for her informative poster featuring a skull and cross bones and the question, “Have you tested your home?” Connor Allen, a seventh-grader from Athens, Georgia, won the third-place prize for a depiction of a large, ghostly radon cloud menacing a worried-looking house.

The UGA Extension Radon Education Program celebrates student artwork through the Radon Awareness Poster Contest each January in honor of National Radon Action Month.

In some areas, radon can seep through home foundations and into homes, making the air unsafe for residents. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Radon can be extracted from homes, but only if families know they need remediation services. Radon testing is not done as part of the basic home inspections that homebuyers order when purchasing a home. Simple home radon tests are available from UGA Extension at local county Extension offices or by visiting www.UGAradon.org.

This year’s state prizewinners were presented Visa gift cards provided by Kate Berlyoung from Alpha Home Inspections.

All three winners will meet with Gov. Deal on Jan. 24 to show him their posters and thank him for his proclamation recognizing January as National Radon Action Month.

Casey Chastain is a student writer working in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Communication and Creative Services.
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