Cancer-causing gas awareness contest offers cash prize

Nevada Radon Poster Contest 2020 is now open to students

Ana Marquez posing with award

Carson Valley Middle School student Ana Marquez placed first in the Nevada Radon Poster Contest and second in the national contest with her poster, “Radon: Test Your Home Now.” Photo by Susan Howe, Extension.

Cancer-causing gas awareness contest offers cash prize

Nevada Radon Poster Contest 2020 is now open to students

Carson Valley Middle School student Ana Marquez placed first in the Nevada Radon Poster Contest and second in the national contest with her poster, “Radon: Test Your Home Now.” Photo by Susan Howe, Extension.

Ana Marquez posing with award

Carson Valley Middle School student Ana Marquez placed first in the Nevada Radon Poster Contest and second in the national contest with her poster, “Radon: Test Your Home Now.” Photo by Susan Howe, Extension.

Nevada students are encouraged to exhibit their artistic skills to promote radon awareness by entering the Nevada Radon Poster Contest, with all entries due by Oct. 31.

The contest is sponsored by University of Nevada, Reno Extension’s Nevada Radon Education Program and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. It is open to all youth ages 9 to 14 registered at public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense and home schools. Children can also enter through a sponsoring group, such as art, computer, library, reading, science, scouting, youth or 4-H Youth Development clubs.

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, naturally occurring, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the decay of uranium. It collects in homes, and living in elevated levels of the gas can increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer. This risk is avoidable through testing for the gas and reducing the level of the gas in a home if needed. The only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test for it.

The Nevada Radon Poster Contest is offering gift cards of the participant’s choice for the top three entries worth: $75 for first, $60 for second, and $45 for third place. The best three entries also win gift cards for their teachers or sponsoring organization’s representative toward classroom supplies. In addition, the first-place recipient’s poster is entered into the National Radon Poster Contest, which also offers cash prizes. There is no fee to enter the Nevada contest, but each child is limited to one entry. Entries must be received at the Extension office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno by Oct. 31.

Posters should communicate one of the following messages: 1) What is radon? 2) Where does radon come from? 3) How does radon get into our homes? 4) Radon can cause lung cancer, and 5) Test your home for radon. Posters will be judged on content accuracy, visual communication of the topic, reproducibility and originality. They can be created with crayon, markers, paint, collage, pencil, photographs or computer graphics.

The Nevada Radon Poster Contest is part of Extension’s work to increase awareness of the dangers of having elevated levels of radon in the home. Extension also offers educational presentations and low-cost radon test kits. Since the program began in 2007, more than 29,000 homes in Nevada have been tested for the radioactive gas. Of 24,530 valid test results collected, 6,362 have had elevated radon concentrations. Once radon is detected, there are fairly simple, inexpensive ways to reduce radon exposure and reduce the risk of lung cancer.

For more information on the dangers of radon and the Nevada Radon Education Program, visit RadonNV.com or call the Radon Hotline at 1-888-Radon10 (888-723-6610). Contact Nadia Noel, radon education coordinator for Extension, at 775-336-0252 or noeln@unce.unr.edu for more information on the Nevada Radon Poster Contest.

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