Iowa Specific Radon Information: Iowa Radon Poster Contest
Enter to win $300!!!
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. It comes from the ground and can enter homes and buildings through foundation openings and build up to dangerous levels. The only way to detect radon is by testing for it.
To spread radon awareness, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsors a National Radon Poster Contest each year. Winners selected from the Iowa Radon Poster Contest will be submitted to the national contest for the chance to win even more.
- 1st Place: $300
- 2nd Place: $200
- 3rd Place: $150
- 4th Place: $100
- 5th Place: $50
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place posters will be sent to the National Contest.
- School with most poster submissions will receive $200
- Contest launches in August 2014
- Posters due by October 31, 2014
- Judging will take place in early November 2014
- Awards ceremony/ presentation for winners will occur in January 2015
Mail Posters To:
American Lung Association in Iowa
Radon Poster Contest
Attn: Micki Sandquist
2530 73rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50322
- Age 9-14
- Enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, DoD, or home school or part of a sponsored club like scouts or 4-H
- Choose one of these 5 topics for your poster:
- What is radon?
- Where does radon come from?
- How does radon get into our homes?
- Radon can cause lung cancer.
- Test your home for radon.
- Content accuracy
- Visual communication of topic
Radon information can be found at the following websites:
- Artwork must meet the following requirements:
- White paper.
- No student names on the front.
- Include a title on the front.
- Submission form must be attached to the back of each poster.
- Create poster with crayons, markers, paint, collages, pencils, photographs, or computer graphics.
- No copyrighted characters or logos can be used.
- Lettering and message should be large enough to reproduce well, with all pencil markings erased.
A printable flyer containing all this information is HERE!!!
For Teachers, Parents, and Students:
General Radon Facts
- Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas.
- Radon comes from the decay of the naturally-occurring uranium in the soil.
- Radon is classified as a Class A Known Human Carcinogen.
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States according to the 2005 U.S. Surgeon General Report. The Surgeon General urges all Americans to get their homes tested for radon.
- Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
- Lung cancer from radon exposure is preventable.
- Radon enters homes through cracks and gaps in the foundation, openings around service pipes that enter the home, sump pits, plumbing penetrations, and crawls and floors open to the soil.
- The home acts as a vacuum on the soil and draws in the soil gas that can contain radon.
- The only way to know if you're at risk for radon exposure in the home is to test.
- Testing is easy and inexpensive. Get a test kit here.
- The USEPA has set an action level of 4.0 pCi/L for indoor radon exposure. The USEPA recommends that homes with radon levels above the action level be mitigated.
- Mitigation is relatively inexpensive and can be done by a licensed radon mitigation professional in the state of Iowa.
- Radon exposure leads to more deaths each year than falls in the home, drowning, or home fires.
- Lung cancer due to indoor radon exposure claims approximately 21,000 lives each year.
- The average national indoor radon level is 1.3 pCi/L.
- The average outdoor radon level is 0.4 pCi/L.