2022 National Radon Video and Poster Contests Now Open to Colorado Students

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For‌ ‌immediate‌ ‌release:‌ ‌Sept. 8, 2021
Laura‌ ‌Dixon,‌ ‌Communications‌ ‌and‌ ‌Community‌ ‌Involvement‌ ‌Manager‌ ‌
703-835-5875,‌ ‌laura.dixon@state.co.us‌ 


(REMOTE) Sept. 8, 2021 - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment invites students to participate in the 2022 National Radon Video and Poster contests. Students have the opportunity to creatively educate people about indoor radon risks, win cash prizes, and have their artwork and videos distributed across the state or country. Entries must be received by November 20. 

The contests are designed to raise awareness about the importance of radon testing and to inform people of the dangers of radon in their homes. Students may enter the Colorado contest, and the  winning poster and video representing Colorado will be entered in the national contest. State winners receive $300 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third, and teachers of students with winning entries each receive $100. 

Students ages 9-14 are eligible to participate in the poster contest. This year, there also is a 30-second video contest that is open to students ages 14-18. Students must either be enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense, or home school, or be a member of a sponsoring club, such as a scouting, art, computer, science, or 4-H club. Only one entry per student is allowed. Contest submission forms, topics, and rules are available on CDPHE’s website.

CDPHE, in partnership with the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, coordinates the contest each year.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for hundreds of Colorado lung cancer deaths each year. The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas can enter homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings and can accumulate unless properly mitigated. Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. In Colorado, about half the homes have radon levels higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action level of 4 picoCuries per liter of indoor air. 

More information about radon, discount test kits and radon contractors is available on CDPHE’s website or by calling Colorado’s Radon Hotline at 1-800-846-3986. For additional contest information, please visit the website or contact Chrystine Kelley at chrys.kelley@state.co.us.