2017-07-19 / Campus

Students asked to spread the word about the dangers of radon

By Merritt Melancon

Household radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, but the hazards of this dangerous gas are still relatively unknown to many Georgia families.

That’s why the University of Georgia Radon Education Program is asking students to get the message out: Testing for radon is easy and could save someone’s life.

The good news is that radon problems can be fixed and that testing for radon couldn’t be easier because test kits are available throughout the state at UGA Cooperative Extension offices and online at ugaradon.org.

To help get the word out, the UGA Radon Education Program asks 9- to 14-year-olds across the state each year to design a poster to help alert the general public about the dangers of radon and how they can keep their families safe. The top three winners will receive prizes and be entered into the national contest and their art may be used in future public awareness campaigns.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 29, 2017.

Students should first research the dangers of radon on the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension website at ugaradon.org.

They can then create a poster on one of five themes:

What is radon?

Where does radon come from?

How does radon get into our home?

Radon can cause lung cancer.

Test your home for radon.

For more information and contest promotional materials, email ugaradon@uga.edu or call 706-583-0602.

(Merritt Melancon is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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