Tom Smart, Deseret News archives
A meter that monitors dangerous radon is seen in this 2005 file photo. Utah students can put their creative talents to work promoting awareness of the risks of indoor radon gas by participating in the 2014 National Radon Poster Contest.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah students can put their creative talents to work promoting awareness of the risks of indoor radon gas by participating in the 2014 National Radon Poster Contest, which is underway.
State contest winners will receive cash awards, with the first-place winner receiving $300 and his or her school or organization receiving $500. Second- and third-place winners each will receive $100.
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Division of Radiation Control’s Radon Program is coordinating this year’s contest in partnership with Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Children ages 9-14 enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense or home school are eligible to participate.
Members of a sponsoring club, such as a Scouting organization or an art, computer, science or 4-H club, also are eligible. There is no entry fee, and only one entry per student is allowed. Entry deadline is Oct. 3. Notification of state and national winners will occur by Dec. 10
Poster contest submission forms, topics and rules are online at www.radon.utah.gov.
The public is invited to judge posters by voting online Oct. 9-14.
More information about contest eligibility, radon test kits, and radon contractors is available at www.radon.utah.gov or by calling Utah’s Hotline at 1-800-458-0145.