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Guide to Safer Cellphone Use

Simple Steps to Protect Against Cellphone Radiation

Jill-Ann Ouellette

At least six countries have issued consumer warnings to reduce cellphone radiation exposures, especially for children. While more research is needed, we can’t ignore the studies out there that suggest caution is warranted.

Generally, wireless products emit the most radiation while you are using them to talk and listen, when the signal is weak, and when the device is physically close to you. The experts consider it a fact, that young children’s brains absorb twice as much cell phone radiation as those of adults. EEK! Here are those steps:

  • Use Headset or Speaker— Headsets emit much less radiation than phones. Choose either wired or wireless, as experts are split on which version is safer. Some wireless headsets emit continuous, low-level radiation, so take yours off when you’re not on a call. Using your speakerphone also reduces radiation to your head.

  • Hold the Phone Away from your Body— Holding the phone away from your ear and your body is better than up against your ear. If you’re using a headset, don’t put the actual phone in your pocket or clip it to your belt (guys), don’t tuck it in your undergarments (ladies). It’s better that you put it in your bag, purse or on a nearby surface. The amount of radiation absorbed by your head and your body decreases dramatically with even a small distance. Turn your phone off to stop it from searching for and receiving a signal. Using airplane mode when sleeping or when you’re not available does this as well. When you are sleeping, your phone should be at least three feet away from you.

  • Text More, Talk Less— Phones emit less radiation when sending texts than during a voice call. Texting keeps radiation away from your head as well. However—don’t text and drive!

  • Call When Signal Is Strong— Fewer bars means the phone must work harder to broadcast its signal to the cell tower. As much as possible, make and take calls when your phone has a strong signal. Research shows that radiation exposure increases dramatically when the signal is weak.

  • Limit Children’s Use— Young children’s brains absorb twice as much cellphone radiation as those of adults. It is recommended in other countries to limit their usage for emergencies only. Ugh… that would be tough!

While we are at it, create a safe space for your Wi-Fi router. Don’t keep it in your bedroom or right next to the office desk. If possible, turn it off at night when not in use.

When you’re shopping for a cellphone, find out the radiation emission rate of the phone. The Specific Abortion Rate (SAR) is measured in watts-per-kilogram of body weight. The legal limit in the U.S. is 1.6 watts/kg. You should aim for the lowest rating possible.

Share this valuable info with everyone you care about, let’s make it a little safer out there in the world of technology.

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