American Fork Junior High science teacher John Moon is ready for the state’s annual radon poster contest.
Last year his eighth-grade student Tucker Nixon had already entered his poster when Moon learned about the contest. And when Nixon’s entry was judged the state’s best, the teacher was able to accompany his student to meet Gov. Gary Herbert at an awards ceremony.
"Radon gas is very common in Utah and very deadly," said Moon, noting the gas is odorless and colorless.
"Our best defense is proper new construction and continuing education," the teacher said. "By getting our youth involved in this state contest we will be doing our part to protect their future."
This year’s contest is underway, and the Utah Radon Program is looking for entries through Oct. 15. Online voting is set for Oct. 21-28.
January is National Radon Action Month and the Nevada Radon Education Program at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) is sponsoring a “Test Your Home for Radon and Win Contest” for residents of Douglas, Carson City and Washoe counties.
The “Test Your Home for Radon and Win Contest” will provide two Carson City, Douglas or Washoe county homeowners with a $1,500 credit towards the installation of a radon mitigation system.
"We hope the contest encourages more homeowners to test their homes for radon," said Susan Howe, Nevada Radon Education Program director. "We're adding the incentive of winning two $1,500 credits toward two radon mitigation systems to increase awareness of the importance of mitigating homes with elevated radon levels."