and Household appliances have more than tripled over the last 20
Almost everything works on electricity which produces a toxic electromagnetic
field around it of approximately 50 Hz.
Long term exposure to this electromagnetic radiation can be detrimental
to your health creating illnesses. Two of the more serious illnesses
attributed to EMF are Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Cancer. Being
aware of the recommended minimum distances and limited exposure
times is very important to avoid possible health problems.
It is considered unsuitable to have a meter box located on the outside
wall of a room which is in constant use, e.g. a bedroom or lounge
room. This can be discussed with your Architect or builder in the
planning phase of a new building to ensure the meter box is located
in the most ideal location.
Existing buildings where the location is considered a danger there
are several options:
Repositioning the furniture, making sure that your bed or lounge
suite is not along that wall or does not sit in close vicinity..
Relocating a room, depending on space.
Relocating the meter box.
The outside wall of the garage, carport, corridor, hall, storage
area and, as a last resort, the laundry, toilet or bathroom.
All Television sets and Computer screens radiate a relatively strong
EMF consisting of 50Hz and higher.
The best advice is to keep your distance from these machines. On
average experts suggest that at least 3 metres from a large Television
set and 2 metres from a small Television set and computer monitor.
Radiation is emitted at the front back and to a lesser degree the
sides of these machines.
of us work about a metre from the computer screen, so that we can
read the details displayed. Although this is not ideal our bodies
can tolerate this for up to approximately 5 hours per day. The ideal
is to take regular breaks from the computer to avoid continuous
exposure to the radiation. Since this is also a good idea generally
to ensure other injuries related to this type of work do not occur
it should represent no hardship for most of us.
we spend excess amounts of time using a computer or watching television
and sit too close to these devices, we may experience fatigue in
the early stages and eventually health problems as a result.
aware is the key.
These are very popular in buildings these days, but they do require
a transformer which emits 50Hz. A safe distance to be located is
approximately 2 metres from the transformer. Sometimes every down
light has it's own transformer which will create even more EMF due
to the numbers of transformers involved. These units can transmit
EMF upward as well as downward. This can therefore affect any rooms
situated above the transformers. A question you may like to ask
is whether you have any bedrooms or other rooms in which your family
spend large periods of time above such transformers in the ceiling.
These emit 50Hz EMF radiation. It is best not to sleep with them
turned on. If you have to have them on the bed, use them to heat
the bed and then switch them off when retiring. It has also been
suggested that it is best to unplug them at the wall to be absolutely
sure that there is no EMF emitted.
of the waterbed
These units can emit 50Hz EMF radiation. In general the heater on
a waterbed would have to be turned on most of the time to ensure
the bed was comfortable. I don't use one for this reason.
Some of the older models emit more than 50Hz so be aware of this
fact. Keep a distance of at least 1 metre from the bed and yourself
is advisable. I had one client that had one of these clocks and
the EMF was higher than 50Hz and had suffered headaches and loss
of sleep. Once this clock was removed everything improved. Stick
to your battery clocks if possible as they generally cause fewer
Whether mobile phones emit harmful amounts of EMF or not is a controversial
debate at the moment The mobile phone has gained such wide spread
usage that most of us feel that we cannot live without one these
days. Yes, they do emit EMF but whether it is harmful is still an
unanswered question. I tend to use a headset as often as possible
and a car kit. From my perspective, why take the risk?
Air conditioners can emit as much EMF as a meter box. Where possible
they should be located in similar areas to the meter box.