Students can win a Fitbit and a Wyoming State Parks pass by drawing a poster that raises awareness about radon.

On Thursday, the Wyoming Department of Health announced a poster contest for Wyoming students in grades three through nine.

“We are asking Wyoming’s youth to use their creativity to help us tell the story of radon and its risks,” Star Jones, outreach and education coordinator with the health department’s Wyoming Cancer Program, said in a press release.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that forms naturally when radioactive materials break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. It enters homes and buildings from the soil. Breathing radon damages lung tissue, which can increase a person’s likelihood of developing lung cancer.

“While all homes have radon, higher levels of radon can mean a health concern linked to lung cancer,” Jones said.

The Environmental Protection Agency considers Teton County, along with most of the state, a Zone 1 Radon Area. That means predicted average indoor screening levels are greater than the threshold of 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).

In 2018, the health department sold 146 test kits that were returned for analysis. The average was 4.8 pCi/L.

If you find elevated radon levels, have your home inspected or mitigated by a certified radon inspector.

Posters must focus on one of the following themes: What is radon; where does radon come from; how does radon get into our homes; radon can cause lung cancer; or test your home for radon.

The contest deadline is May 10. Entries will be divided into groups for grades three through six and seven through nine. The top two winners in each group will receive prizes, including a Fitbit and a Wyoming State Parks pass for first place and a State Parks pass for second place.

All participants will receive a free radon test coupon.

Entries can be mailed to WY Radon Poster Contest, Attn: Aaron Fegenbush, Wyoming Cancer Program, 6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 510, Cheyenne, WY 82009.

The required artwork submission form is at WyomingRadon.org.

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079 or health@jhnewsandguide.com.

Kylie Mohr covers the education and health beats. Mohr grew up in Washington and came to Wyoming via Georgetown. She loves seeing the starry night sky again.

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