Fifty percent of all Illinois counties are considered at high risk for radon. The Illinois High School Radon Video Contest was made in order to increase public awareness of this gas and encourage state residents to test their homes. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is made naturally by decaying uranium in the soil and can be drawn into homes through cracks. Do not allow you or your family to become sick because of radon: become informed!
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. An estimated 1,160 people die in Illinois each year from this chemical. According to healthhouse.org symptoms of inhalation are a persistent cough, difficulty breathing, chest pains, coughing up blood, wheezing, and recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis. The IEMA and the American Lung Association in Illinois have partnered up with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5. They are hosting the annual statewide radon video contest to increase awareness by calling on Illinois high schools to create a 1-minute video.
This year’s contest will give prizes ranging from $250-$1000 to the top ten videos. The top three contestants could win money for their school with the top prize at $300, $200 for second place, and third place receiving $100. The most viewed video will receive an additional $300. The video contest started at the beginning of January, but don’t fear, you still have until March 9, 2017 to submit your video entry. If a high school student wishes to enter the contest, view the official website here. Brownstown seniors created their own videos, which can be viewed in the links below.
Radon: The Rude Awakening
Radon Ruins Bromance
Death in the Weight Room
By Devon Abrams
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