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Safe Housing & Clean Living

Safe Housing and Clean Living

Join UGA Extension DeKalb in raising awareness about this deadly gas. For more information on purchasing a radon test kit or to plan a program, contact us today!

What is radon?

Radon occurs naturally when uranium breaks down to form radon. Uranium is often found in high concentrations in granite and rocky soils. Radon is released into the soil and can easily enter a home through the foundation and well water. It can build up to dangerous levels inside homes, schools, and other buildings. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after tobacco smoke. Radon kills nearly 21,000 people each year, more than 800 of them in Georgia. Smokers are at an even higher risk of radon-induced lung cancer than nonsmokers.

 

Testing

Choose one of the options below to purchase a radon test kit and test for radon in your home:

  1. Purchase and pick up your kit today from the DeKalb County Extension Office ($10.00). We accept cash, checks, money orders, Visa and Mastercard at the office. Make all checks and money orders payable to DeKalb County Extension/4-H.
  2. Order online ($13.00)

 

Radon Frequently Asked Questions

Resource Information


Radon Map

Tips for keeping your home healthy:

- Keep it dry

          https://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/mold-safety

- Keep it pest-free

          https://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/home-healthy-homes-pests

- Keep it safe

          https://www.fcs.uga.edu/docs/Home_Safety_CheckList.pdf

          http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C1049

          http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C1051

          https://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/home-safety

- Keep it clean

          http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C1070

     

- Keep it green

          https://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/home-publications

          https://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/uga-greenway

- Keep it well ventilated

          https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq

          https://www.ehow.com/how_7761293_test-bathroom-exhaust-fan.html

          https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/Pub%202579_1.PDF

- Keep it maintained

          https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C1082&title=Home%20Maintenance%20Checklist

- Keep it contaminant -free

          https://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/lead-safety

          https://epd.georgia.gov/asbestos

          https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/C%20858-2_1.PDF

          https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/secondhand-smoke-and-smoke-free-homes

          https://www.epa.gov/cfl

         https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/EBR-17_2.PDF

 

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