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.
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.)
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Contact us for more information
More information about housing and the home environment is available on the UGA Extension website.