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High radon levels in Georgia counties

Radon occurs naturally when uranium breaks down to form radon. Uranium is often found in high concentrations in granite rocky soils, as are common in northern Georgia counties. As radon is released into the soil, it can enter buildings through the foundation and well water, eventually building to dangerous levels.

Radon kills nearly 21,000 people each year, more than 800 of them in Georgia, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after tobacco smoke. Smokers are at an even higher risk of radon-induced lung cancer than nonsmokers.

The radon poster contest is accepting entries through November 20, 2023

Click here for entry form and instructions. Contest is open to all students ages 9 through 14.

Test for radon in your home

Make sure your home is safe by ordering a test kit online or by mail for only $15! This price includes shipping, lab processing, and follow up service for testers with elevated results. (Non-Georgians should visit the EPA for assistance assessing radon risk.)

Order yours today. Kits ordered from now through July 4, 2023 will be shipped on July 5, 2023.

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Contact us for more information

Derek Cooper
Derek Cooper Family and Consumer Sciences Radon Educator 706-583-0602
View the interactive Georgia radon mapThe map indicates areas at risk for higher levels of radon. Click to see your county's average radon test results.


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