The Radon component of the Wyoming Cancer Program provides information to Wyoming residents, contractors, and real estate agents about radon.
Radon Poster Contest
The Wyoming Department of Health, Integrated Cancer Services Program is happy to announce the 2018 Radon Poster Contest to increase radon awareness in Wyoming.
Wyoming Students in grades 4-12 can win various prizes in this state competition and advance to the National Radon Poster Contest by creating a poster to increase radon awareness. The classroom of the winning students will also receive a prize. Posters will be judged in three categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. All students across the state in these age groups are eligible to participate.
The postmark deadline to enter the Radon Poster Contest is April 16th, 2018.
Questions about the Radon Poster Contest may be directed to Star Jones, Outreach and Education Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-777-6015.
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that doesn’t have a color, odor or taste. Radon seeps up from the earth into the air we breathe, and comes from the natural break down of uranium in almost all soil.
To find out more about radon, please visit the EPA radon website.
Radon and Your Home
Your home can be at risk for radon whether it is new, old, well-sealed, drafty, with, or without a basement. Because radon is produced in soil, which is porous, it is able to move up through the dirt and rocks and through walls into the air we breathe. If radon is allowed to build up, it can become a health concern.
The trend is that older houses, houses with poor ventilation, and houses that are built in areas that have a high uranium content in the soil are at risk to have higher radon levels.
Health Risks of Radon Exposure
Exposure to the radioactive particles in radon can damage the cells that line the lung and can cause lung cancer in the future.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in Wyoming. The EPA says radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.
Radon can make the lung damage caused by smoking worse, putting smokers at an even higher risk for lung cancer.
Order a Radon Kit
Radon home test kits can be ordered online, buy one get one free for $9.95! Please visit our partner’s pages below to order a kit!
Radon kits can only be mailed to Wyoming addresses and instructions are included with the kit.
Radon kits can also be ordered from the Wyoming Radon Program at $7 for 1 kit or $12 for 2 kits. Please call 307-777-6015 to order a kit.
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Fix It! Level
Radon levels are measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L). The EPA say any home that tests over 4.0 pCi/L should get fixed as soon as possible. Homes that test between 2.0 pCi/L and 4.0 pCi/L should be fixed soon.