Protect Your Home from Radon

January 30, 2011

January is National Radon Action Month. To bring attention to this cancer-causing, radioactive gas, two groups are sponsoring a contest that will promote awareness while making some high school students YouTube stars.

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, but you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. It comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil and can enter homes and buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces.

a house shivering with the word radon below it.It is estimated that there are nearly 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year in Illinois.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALA-IL) are sponsoring the second annual “Illinois High School Radon Video Contest;” an opportunity for high school students to win cash prizes for themselves and their schools by creating a 60-second YouTube video promoting awareness about radon.

“Last year, we received more than 30 videos that provided fun, fresh perspectives on the radon message,” said IEMA Interim Director Joe Klinger. “We’re very excited to once again join with the American Lung Association in Illinois for this contest, and look forward to seeing the creative videos teens create to raise public awareness about radon.”

Videos can be created by a student, a group of students or an entire classroom. Entries must be submitted by March 7.

The prizes are funded by a grant from the U.S. EPA:

*1st place: $2,000 to the winning school for curricular activities, $1,000 to the winning class or student who created the video.

*2nd place: $500 to the school; $500 to the students

*3rd place: $250/school; $250 students

Check out last year’s winning video by a group of students at Wheaton North High School at radon.Illinois.gov.

Last year's poster winner.

To see complete contest details, visit healthhouse.org/radon/videocontest

The IEMA and the ALA-IL are also sponsoring a radon poster contest for children ages 9 to 14. Those entries are due March 1. For more information, visit takeactionradon.illinois.edu, a site that also provides information on how to test your home for radon.

You can also find more information on protecting your home against radon at radon.Illinois.gov or by calling the Radon Hotline at (800) 325-1245.

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