Homes, schools and businesses in Georgia should be tested for radon, a known cancer-causing gas.
(see map) http://www.epa.gov/radon/zonemap/georgia.htm
The Georgia Radon Education Program
http://www.ugaradon.org is a partnership funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, involving the University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), to educate Georgians on actions to take to protect themselves from the risk of developing lung cancer caused by the unwelcome entry of radon gas in their homes. They also work with the medical community, realtors and homebuilders to help them understand radon in Georgia and how they can help protect their patients and clients from radon.
Radon is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the United States, after tobacco smoking. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and kills more than 22,000 people each year, 600 of them in Georgia. Radon is an odorless, invisible, tasteless radioactive gas released by the natural decay of uranium in our soils and rocks. It easily enters our homes from the soil beneath them and in deep well water. Protect your family from this dangerous carcinogen. Test your home today. You can prevent and reduce entry of Radon into your home!
Information and Resources
DCA is sponsoring a class on Radon Resistant New Construction in Georgia. It will cover such topics as the newly adopted
Appendix F to the building code in Gwinnett County. Please see the brochure for registration information.
How to order a Radon Test Kit
To order a home radon test kit, please print out the order form at the
University of Georgia Radon Education website. A kit costs $10.00 if mailed or $8.00 if picked up at a participating County Extension office. http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/radon/index.php
Radon Is Real (PDF)
What is radon, why should I be worried about it, and how can I learn more about it?
Georgia Mitigation Providers (PDF)
My home tested above the federal government’s recommended action level of 4.0; what should I do about it?
How to Select a Contractor (PDF)
How do I find a qualified business to reduce radon levels in my home?
Information about Radon in Drinking Water
Can there be a problem with radon in my water?
Find Radon Levels in My Area
Information on Radon Levels Reported in Georgia
What about radiation and radon exposure from granite countertops?
Radon Contacts and Websites
For more information on planning or environmental management, e-mail the Office of Planning and Environmental Management or call
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231