Winners in statewide radon poster contest announced
Kelly MacGregor, Public Communications Specialist | 303-692-3304 | email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 27, 2017
DENVER — Students from Highlands Ranch, Windsor and Fort Collins took top honors in this year’s statewide radon awareness poster contest.
Trent Lytle, a seventh-grade student at Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, won first place out of more than 200 entries. His poster has been entered in the National Radon Poster Contest sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Camryn Fritch, a sixth-grader at Windsor Middle School, earned second-place honors. Keolani Morrow, a student in the fifth grade at Olander School for Project Based Learning in Fort Collins, received third place.
“This contest is a fun way to educate children and encourage residents to test their homes for radon,” said Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Radon testing is 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.”
Long-term exposure to radon — a colorless and odorless radioactive gas — is the most frequent cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers 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.
Discounted radon test kits are available at www.coloradoradon.info. Information also is available from the department’s Radon Hotline at 1-800-846-3986 and from local public health departments, county extension offices and public health nurses.