08 Feb Radon on Billboards around Albuquerque
The state of New Mexico is trying to protect you from a toxic gas commonly found in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and surrounding areas. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is produced by the decay of uranium and radium in the soil. In New Mexico, radon is commonly found in homes and buildings because the state is located on top of a
geological formation known as the Rio Grande rift, which contains high levels of uranium and radium in the soil. This increases the likelihood of radon entering homes and buildings through cracks in the foundation or floor, or through well water. It is important to have your home tested for radon to determine if you are at risk of exposure to high
levels of this gas.
Exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer, so it is important to be concerned about radon levels in your home. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that homes with radon levels above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) should be mitigated. If you live in Albuquerque, it’s recommended that you have your home tested for radon to determine the levels present.