National Radon Action Month Poster Contest Winners
As part of National Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association and Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors have partnered, with support from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, to announce the winners of the 2016 National Radon Poster Contest.
The contest is held each year across the nation to raise awareness of radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in the soil and is found in every state. Radon can enter a home through cracks and other openings in the home and can build up to dangerous levels.
"Radon causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. These deaths can be reduced, and as a nation there is an urgent need to take steps to save lives," said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and is only detectable by performing a home test. Children ages 9-14 were eligible to participate in the contest to promote radon awareness.
The 2016 posters winners and their prizes include:
1st place – Chris Rowe, Carson Valley Middle School, Nevada, $1000
2nd place – Shiho Oki, Steinway I.S. 141, New York, $300
3rd place – Ally Abel, Byron Middle School, Illinois $200
ALA and CRCPD served to review and coordinate the selection of the national winners from the states who submitted their top three winners from the state poster contests this year, and we are so proud of all the students that participated from all over the country.
“For over a decade, the poster contest has served as a way to bring information and raise awareness of Radon and it’s adverse health effects to teachers, students, families, and communities,” said Dr. William Irwin, Chair of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends that all homes with radon levels at or equal to 4 pCi/L take action and install a radon mitigation system.
For questions about radon contact the American Lung Association at 1.800.788.5864 or visit www.HealthHouse.org.