How might the environment affect your
health? We are working to help understand. As part of the
National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT)
Network, an initiative lead by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico offers this site
as a source for environment information integrated with
health information in efforts to track and understand how
the environment might affect the health of New
- On this site you can:
- Learn how to protect yourself from environmental
- Learn which health effects might be associated with
- See how these exposures affect your community.
- See which health effects are occurring in the
- Access state data and create maps, charts, and
tables on the public portal.
- Access the secure portal, which allows approved
users to access unsuppressed county- and
- Get alerts and information about the latest
environmental conditions that acutely impact
Sneezing and itchy eyes are the key signs of
seasonal allergies. The cause? Usually pollen.
Did you know that trees begin to release pollen as early as
winter? In New Mexico juniper
pollination has already started.
You can find some relief from allergies by
reducing how much pollen you are exposed to. How? Simple things like frequently
washing your hands and face and taking off your shoes before you enter your
home can help. Get more tips for minimizing seasonal allergy symptoms.
Private Well Water Fairs Offer free Drinking Water Quality Testing
A partnership between the New Mexico Health Department’s Environmental Public Health Tracking and Private Well Programs and the state Environment Department offers New Mexico households with private water wells the chance to conveniently test the water they drink for a number of common water concerns plus arsenic at no cost. See the water fair schedule
and take advantage of this health promotion event when it is in your community.
Is radon sneaking into your home? Winter time is a good time check.
Breathing radon in your home can cause lung cancer. Radon is
a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can
build up to dangerous levels inside any home; this means new and old homes, well-sealed
and drafty homes, and homes with or without a basement. Radon gas is odorless
and invisible and the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to
test for it. If you want to reduce your risk,take the first step: test.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
furnace kicks on make sure poisonous gas isn't coming out.
monoxide, often called CO, is an invisible, odorless, poisonous gas. Sources in the house include gas- and oil-burning furnaces and stoves. Keep your family safe this
winter by following these steps:
Have your home heating sources such as furnaces, water heaters, wood stoves, and portable heaters inspected for leaks, cracks and proper function every year.
Fix any problems or discontinue use of faulty heating sources.
Install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors near every sleeping area in your home and train your family members what to do if the detector alerts you of dangerous gas build-up.
Check your detector regularly to make sure it is working.
Don’t run a car engine or any fuel burners in a garage, even if the doors are open.