What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless and radioactive gas found naturally in some soils and rocks. It is formed from the decay of naturally occurring radioactive materials such as uranium and thorium.
Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003).
The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey have evaluated the radon potential in the U.S. and have developed a map is to assist National, State, and local organizations to target their resources and to assist building code officials in deciding whether radon-resistant features are applicable in new construction.
Important: Consult the EPA Map of Radon Zones document (EPA-402-R-93-071) before using this map. This document contains information on radon potential variations within counties. EPA also recommends that this map be supplemented with any available local data in order to further understand and predict the radon potential of a specific area. This and other indoor air quality publications can be ordered through the IAQ INFO Clearinghouse.
Radon test kits can be requested online using the “New Mexico Radon Program” link at http://www.drhomeair.com or by calling 1-800-324-5928 and following the instructions for “The State of New Mexico Radon Test Kit Program” option.
While supplies last, these radon test kits are free to New Mexico residents, limited to one per household, on a first come, first served basis. Once the supply of pre-purchased kits has been exhausted, or if you wish to purchase additional kits, you can do so at the discounted price of $7 per test kit. Test kits, whether obtained free or purchased, include laboratory analysis and postage at no additional cost as part of this program.
You can also get a radon kit from:
- National Safety Council’s 1-800-SOS-RADON number
- Lowes Home Improvement Centers per the NM Environment Department
If you find radon, the EPA offers tips: