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Charlotte Moser, a seventh-grader from Clarke Middle School in Athens, Georgia, won first place for her horror movie-inspired poster of a radon cloud enveloping a castle in the 2017 poster contest held by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension's Radon Education Program. CAES News
Radon Poster Winners
As part of a contest conducted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program, students from across the state created posters highlighting the dangers of radon, an odorless, colorless and flavorless gas that is present in some Georgia soils.
The second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., radon is an odorless, invisible, tasteless radioactive gas released by the natural decay of uranium in our soils and rocks. UGA Extension offers a low-cost service for those who need to test their home for radon. CAES News
Silent Killer
January is National Radon Action Month and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension urges homeowners to take action and test their home. Delaying testing can cause you and your loved ones to continue to breathe dangerous levels of radon.
Freshly cut Christmas trees line Lowes in Griffin in this file photo. CAES News
Christmas Trees
I always feel festive when I see trees decorated this time of year. If you decide to put a tree up in your home or office, follow these safety tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to keep you, your family members and friends safe.
Keishon Thomas, Pamela Turner and Mitzi Parker were recently honored at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2017 Annual Session, where they received the first place National and Southern Region Environmental Education Award. Since 2013, the Rural Georgia Healthy Housing Advisory Board has promoted healthier and safer housing conditions in Georgia, particularly for low-income residents, children, elderly, minorities and other vulnerable populations living in rural communities. CAES News
Healthy Housing
A team of University of Georgia family and consumer sciences experts has earned a national award for their efforts to create healthier and safer environments for children, both at home and in daycare settings. 
As a result of a roof leak, mold grows on the ceiling of a home. CAES News
Fight Mold
Hurricane Irma had slowed down by the time she reached Georgia, reducing the amount of expected structural damage to homes, but flood waters may have left behind a sneaky and dangerous after-effect: mold.
When yards are flooded, residential well safety is of paramount importance. Cities and counties alert citizens with boil advisories when municipal water supplies are affected, but those who rely on wells for water have to monitor their water themselves. Wells that have been overtopped by flood waters need to flushed and tested for bacteria because of the potential danger of contaminants being washed into the well. CAES News
Flooded Wells
Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause structural damage, but flood waters can harm families by tainting water supplies. Cities and counties alert citizens with boil advisories when municipal water supplies are affected, but those who rely on wells for water have to monitor their water themselves.
High winds uprooted a large oak tree on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph as of Monday, Sept. 5. It’s moving west-northwest on its present track, but longer-term models project that it will make a sharp turn to the north later this week, which could threaten parts of the Southeast, including Georgia.
Pecan orchard damaged in Screven County. CAES News
Emergency Preparedness
As Atlantic hurricane season peaks, Georgians may be uncertain about how to prepare for an emergency. The state may not be directly affected by a hurricane, floods or high winds from a storm this year, but it’s always good to be prepared. September is National Preparedness Month, and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency have resources available to help Georgians prepare for an emergency.
While many of Georgia's 63 species of mosquito thrive in wet weather, southern house mosquitoes — which transmit West Nile virus — prefer dry or even drought conditions. CAES News
Mosquito Precautions
School is back in session in many Georgia systems. It may seem like summer is coming to a close, but peak summer mosquito season is just starting.
Cindee Sweda is the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Spalding County, Georgia. CAES News
Spalding FACS Agent
For the past 20 years, Spalding County has been without a University of Georgia Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agent. Sweda filled that gap last December when she joined the local Extension staff. Wade Hutcheson, coordinator of the Spalding County Extension office, said the position was eliminated during a time period when the state was undergoing drastic budget cuts.