Annual video & poster contest by IEMA, American Lung Association raises awareness about dangers of radon gas
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Cash prizes and big rewards energized students from across the state to use their creative talents to increase public awareness about the health hazards of radioactive radon gas in homes. More than 135 YouTube videos and 450 posters were submitted to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association (ALA) for consideration in the annual contests.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. It can enter homes and buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces. Approximately 1,200 people in Illinois, and 21,000 people in the U.S., die each year from radon-related lung cancer.
“This project helps raise awareness about a very serious issue,” said IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, but it is a health risk that can be reduced by testing your home for radon and taking steps to mitigate radon from your home, if detected.”
In addition to cash prizes for the winning entries, the overall winning video will be shown in movie theaters throughout the state through Thursday, September 17. This big prize is made available thanks to a partnership with National CineMedia (NCM) America’s Movie Network. Read More
View Winning Video: What's Your Radon