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Test for radon this November and help a neighbor

By for CAES News

With many Georgians spending more time at home, it’s important to monitor your home’s indoor air quality.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall.

Radon levels are highest in the cooler months and can concentrate to dangerous levels indoors. This year, more than 800 Georgia residents will die of radon-related lung cancer. These deaths are preventable.

“The best thing you can do is test your home,” says Pamela Turner, a University of Georgia professor and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist. “Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, so testing is the only way to know if the radon gas level in your home is high.”

Testing your home for radon is easy and inexpensive with a kit from UGA Extension.

Each kit purchased from UGA Extension at www.UGAradon.org in November will come with a voucher for a free kit that can be shared with another Georgia resident.

Non-Georgia residents should visit www.EPA.gov/radon to find their local state radon program contact information.

Cal Powell is the public relations coordinator for the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
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