Winning posters by Littleton, Boulder, Windsor students warn of radon dangers
Students from Littleton, Boulder and Windsor took top honors
in this year’s statewide radon poster contest to raise awareness of
health risks associated with radon gas. More than 300 students across
Colorado participated in the contest. The top three Colorado posters
will be entered in a national contest sponsored by National Radon
Program Services in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection
First place was awarded to Isabella Barbieri of Littleton. Her poster,
“Silent Killer,” featured an artfully drawn grim reaper with a “what’s
in your home” message. Isabella is a student of Pilar Heslin at St.
Thomas Moore Catholic School in Centennial.
“The state health department joins Isabella in urging Coloradans to
test their homes for radon,” said Chrystine Kelley, radon program
manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
“It’s easy to do, and it’s the only sure way to tell whether or not
your home is affected by radon, which occurs naturally in the soil.”
Yu Jin Choi from Boulder received second place and Hannah White from
Windsor received third place.
Long-term exposure to radon – a colorless, odorless, tasteless
radioactive gas – is the most frequent cause of lung cancer in
non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.
Exposure to radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer
deaths in the United States each year.
Discount coupons for radon test kits are available at
www.coloradoradon.info The web site also includes a link to a public
information video, a list of certified contractors and other
resources. People without web access can call the Colorado Department
of Public Health and Environment’s radon hotline at 1-800-846-3986.
Colorado residents also can check with their local health department,
county extension office or public health nurses for radon information.