FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 13, 2011
DHEC announces radon poster contest winners
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Three winners have been announced in a statewide poster contest held to highlight the risks posed by exposure to indoor radon, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.
Cathryn Bell, a home-schooled student in Taylors, won first place in the S.C. Radon Poster Contest. Caroline Black and Cameron Keane, both of Palmetto Christian Academy in Mt. Pleasant, won second and third place, respectively.
“The three winners’ posters have been entered into the National Radon Poster Contest,” said Aimee Morrow, DHEC’s radon coordinator. “If any one of them is selected as a national winner, they’ll be recognized in the state and EPA region where they live, and the poster will be reproduced and distributed nationally to promote radon awareness.”
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water.
“Radon decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe,” Morrow said. “This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer, but not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. The amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years.”
Morrow said the level of radon exposure in homes, schools, and other buildings can be determined through a simple, inexpensive test.
The winning posters can be seen on DHEC’s website at: http://www.scdhec.gov/radon.
For more information on radon, call Morrow at (864) 241-1095, or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.