Reduce Exposure From Wireless Transmitting Devices
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It’s difficult to escape the constant bombardment of wireless radiation in our daily lives. Every day there seems to be more wireless transmitting devices being introduced into our homes and environment. From phones and tablets to gaming devices, watches, and the growing number of devices that are a part of the “Internet of Things.”
While involuntary radiation exposure is largely out of your control, you can keep your family safe at home by limiting their exposure to voluntary wireless radiation. This can be accomplished by reducing exposure to wireless transmitting devices, powering down electronics when not in use and creating distance from devices.
Reduce and Eliminate Wireless Connections
When possible, replace wireless devices with hard-wired options.
- Instead of Wi-Fi, use Ethernet cables. The network will be faster, more secure and will reduce radiation exposure. If you must use Wi-Fi, ensure the router is far from regularly used rooms and put on a sleep timer at night.
- Baby monitors, landline phones, gaming consoles and printers are all examples of devices that are sold as wireless but can be purchased and operated with a hard-wire connection.
- Opt out of smart meters if possible and keep your analog utility meter. If it has already been replaced, request its return.
- Do not use personal wearable wireless devices like smartwatches or fitness trackers; they are constantly emitting while against the body.
Power Down Devices When Not In Use
For wireless transmitting devices that you need to keep, ensure they’re turned off whenever possible.
- Even when you are not actively using the device, they are continuously connecting and “talking” to routers or cell towers emitting wireless radiation inside your home.
- When a connection is not required, turn off the wireless transmitters on cell phones, tablets and laptop computers by switching to “airplane mode.”
- Ensure Bluetooth is also turned off.
- When using tablets, download content as required and then return to “airplane mode.
One of the most important steps you can take is to increase your distance from any/all wireless emitting devices. Keep cell phones away from the body at all times.
- Use the speaker or air tube ear buds – not Bluetooth, for conversations.
- Never sleep with a cell phone under your pillow, on your bed, or near your head. If you use the device for an alarm, switch to “airplane mode” and keep it on a table.
- Always keep cell phones out of pockets or bras.
- Keep all wireless transmitting devices away from the abdomens of children and pregnant women.
Spread and share this information! Download, print and distribute our Wireless Safety Tips sheet to educate your loved ones on ways to reduce exposure from wireless transmitting devices.
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