For Immediate Release
January 25, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


KDHE Secretary Recognizes Students at McCarter Elementary for Kansas Winning Entries in National Radon Poster Contest

Secretary of Health and Environment Roderick L. Bremby today recognized three students at McCarter Elementary School, 5512 S.W. 16 th St., Topeka, for their winning entries into the National Radon Poster Contest. It is the first time that three entries from a single school were selected as the top three entries for Kansas.

“Congratulations to each of these students for representing Kansas well in this national contest, and for creating these wonderful posters to remind Kansans of the need to test their homes for radon,” said Bremby. “We are proud of the work you’ve done.”

The McCarter Elementary students who submitted the winning entries* for Kansas are:

The National Safety Council organizes the contest each year. KDHE Bureau of Air and Radiation staff members judge the Kansas entries and select three posters as the state winners. The top three posters in the state go on to represent Kansas in the national poster contest.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to sign a proclamation at the Statehouse on Wednesday proclaiming January as Kansas Radon Action Month and encouraging the testing of homes, schools and work sites for radon to minimize long-term health risks.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can emanate from soil and become a health hazard when concentrated inside a home, school, business or other structure. It’s the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the first leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked.

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Inexpensive radon test kits, available at local hardware and builder’s supply stores and at Kansas county extension offices, can reveal the amount of radon in any building. Those with high levels can usually be fixed with simple and affordable venting techniques. Homeowners should talk with a certified radon contractor if levels above 4 pCi/l (4 pico-Curies per liter) are consistently detected.

A list of certified radon contractors is available by calling the Kansas Radon Hotline at 800-693-KDHE (800-693-5343). Additional information about radon can be obtained at www.kansasradonprogram.org and at www.epa.gov/radon/.

* Note to editors and reporters: Images of the winning poster contest entries can be downloaded from www.kdheks.gov/radiation/. The first-place winning entries for all U.S. states are posted on the National Safety Council website at http://www.nsc.org/.