EMR Safety In-House

Source: Int'l Institute For Building-Biology & Ecology

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Electro-magnetic radiation can’t be seen or smelled or touched somost people don’t think much about it. But an increasing number of people are becoming affected by the ever-increasing levels that we are being exposed to on a daily basis.The types of electromagnetic radiation that can pervade a homeschool, or commercial building from withinare myriad, and are detailed in the paragraphs below. Ill health related to electromagnetic sensitivity is on the increase for society as a whole, on a global scale, and include allergies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, neurological disorders (such as autism), auto immune system diseases, cancers, and Alzheimer's Disease.


There are many sources of  man-made and naturally occurring electro-magnetic radiation that we are commonly exposed to. Following is a summary:

AC ELECTRIC FIELDS - Sources: AC voltage in electrical installations, cables, appliances, outlets, walls, floors, beds, high-tension and other power lines ...

AC MAGNETIC FIELDS - Sources: AC current in electrical installations, cables, appliances, transformers, motors, overhead and ground cables, power lines, railways ...

RADIOFREQUENCY RADIATION - Sources: cell phone technology, RF transmitters, broadcast, trunked radio systems, line-of-sight systems, radar, military, cordless phones ...

DC ELECTRIC FIELDS - Sources: synthetic carpeting, drapes and textiles, vinyl wallpaper, varnishes, laminates, stuffed toy animals, TV or computer screens ...

DC MAGNETIC FIELDS - Sources: steel components in beds, mattresses, furniture, appliances, building materials; DC current in street cars, photovoltaic systems ...

RADIOACTIVITY - Sources: building materials, stones, tiles, slags, waste products, devices, antiques, ventilation, terrestrial radiation, location, environment …

GEOLOGICAL DISTURBANCES - Sources: currents and radioactivity in the earth; local disturbances caused by faults, fractures, underground water courses ...

SOUND & VIBRATION - Sources: traffic noise, air traffic, train traffic, industry, buildings, devices, machines, motors, transformers, sound bridges ...

Public concern and questions about EMF exposure have increased as a result of media coverage of research, studies and litigation.  Long before the “officials and experts” and the public became aware, certain individuals who were environmentally sensitive to EMFs knew there was a problem. A basic tenet of The Precautionary Principle directs us to learn from the experiences of the environmentally sensitive, both from the perspective of discovering the actions needed to help them and to direct us to the preventive actions for those seeking to stay healthy.

Some Simple Cost-free Things You Can Do

1) forward your cellphone to your landline when you get home and then power off your cellphone;

2) use corded phones, and unplug your cordless phones (from power sources) when not in use, particularly before bedtime;

3) turn off your wireless internet router (WiFi) when not in use, particularly before bedtime - and better yet hardwire your router via ethernet cable to your computer(s) and disable your modem's WiFi signal;

4) maintain a distance of at least six feet between your bed and all electrical devices;

5) Before bedtime, turn off the circuit breaker that serves your bedroom(s).

For a more thorough understanding of EMR safety in homes, schools, and commercial buildings, we encourage you to download the free preview (PDF) of IBE 204.3, Electromagnetics, by clicking here, and IBE 206.2 Electrical Home Wiring, by clicking here.

We also encourage you to download the syllabus for our annual 5-day seminar IBE 212 Electromagnetic radiation, by clicking here.

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