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Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon
Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

ATLANTA -- According to the University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences, although radon is present throughout the environment, when high levels of radon enter a home or building, people are exposed to more of its radiation and their risk of cancer increases. Such a situation can easily be discovered and corrected.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to concerned homeowners to identify potential harm from the dangerous radioactive gas.

“Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A radon test is the only way to find out how much radon is in your home.”

Since 2003, The University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences has been a partner in the Georgia Radon Education Program (GREP) that provides information on how to protect your family’s health from exposure to this dangerous, radioactive gas. Although radon is present throughout the environment, when high levels of radon enter a home or building, people are exposed to more of its radiation and their risk of cancer increases. Such a situation can easily be discovered and corrected.

The GREP recommends that all Georgia homeowners test their homes for radon. The results of a properly performed radon test will help homeowners determine for themselves if they need to take further action to protect their family from the health risks of radon in the home. Radon is not regulated in Georgia, so it is up to each homeowner to decide for themselves how much radon is acceptable in their home.  Radon can be present in a home no matter how old it is, how it is built, or how it is heated.

Concerned homeowners in Fulton County can request a free radon assessment by calling 770.535.8290. A representative will explain and answer questions about radon and arrange to test your home.

For more information about Fulton County Cooperative Extension, log-on to www.fultoncountyga.gov/fcced-home.