Functioning electrical appliances and power lines produce EMF. Even the earth produces small amounts of EMF. Therefore, everyone is exposed to this form of energy. The highest EMF exposure can occur using appliances such as electric blankets, microwave ovens, and hair dryers.
Moving a short distance away from an appliance or power line will greatly reduce the strength of the electromagnetic field. For example, the EMF strength of an electric can-opener at 6 inches away is about 600 milligauss, but at 4 feet away, it’s only 2 milligauss.
Standing a short distance away from appliances while they are in use can significantly reduce EMF exposure. Move clocks and radios a few feet away from your bed. The strength of the EMF decreases dramatically when you increase the distance between you and the appliance.
- One way to reduce your exposure from an electric blanket is to warm the bed prior to getting in, and turning the blanket off before going to sleep.
- Have electrical wiring checked, and don’t allow children to play around transformers or power lines.
- Allow your hair to air dry for a few minutes before using a hair dryer. This will reduce the time needed to dry it.
If you suspect that you are being exposed to high levels of EMF, limit your exposure. Follow the suggested guidelines above to reduce your EMF exposure. Contact your public utility company or local health department to find out how to measure the EMF in and around your home. EMF detectors are available from some electronic stores.