The Tooele County Health Department is launching a radon awareness campaign.
Utah students are doing their part to increase testing of homes for radon by participating in the 2020 national radon poster contest, according to officials at the health department.
The contest will begin on Oct. 1 and go until Oct. 22.
Winners will receive cash awards, with three first-place winners receiving $100, according to a press release from the health department. The winner’s teacher will receive $100.
Second and third-place winners will also receive $100 each.
There are three categories in the contest, grades four through six, seven through nine, and 10-12.
The contest is important, according to officials at the Tooele County Health Department, because one in three homes in Utah have elevated levels of radon gas.
Exposure to radon can cause lung cancer.
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Radon Program is coordinating this year’s contest in partnership with the CDC Epidemiology Tracking Program, local health departments and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Children ages 9-18 enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense or home school are eligible to participate. Members of a sponsoring club, such as a Scouting organization or an art, computer, science or 4-H club also are eligible.
There is no entry fee, but only one entry per student is allowed. The entry deadline is Oct. 22, 2020. Poster contest submission forms, topics and rules may be found online at www.radon.utah.gov