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Students to help raise awareness of radon with a poster contest

“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.”

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Similar to carbon monoxide, radon is undetectable by human senses. Although the effect of carbon monoxide can be fatal within a short time of exposure, the effects of Radon develop slowly. It’s possible that because of the danger Radon poses is not immediate, it is deemed as less serious. That simply isn’t true and it is nice to see Wyoming come up with a creative way for spreading awareness.

At Bauer Restoration, our technicians can test your current radon mitigation system or install a new one if needed. Call us at 507-333-9838 if you suspect radon is present in your home or business.