Device EMF: The silent killer lurking in your home around you
Cell phone towers are the most obvious and most maligned of the sources of radiation. Understandably so, because these are the most obvious sources of radiation. However, the risk from EMF radiation exposure is more than just cell towers. Infact, we at Brightsandz Technologies believe the cell tower radiation is just a third of the larger picture. We detail device radiation in this post.
Case 1: Ghaziabad-based Arun Verma (name changed) called us around April 2016 for a unique problem. He was of the opinion that borewells in his colony (required to pump water from low water table area) were causing vibrations – which made him sick. He was of the opinion that he felt sick and lethargic when he was home – because these borewell motors were operating 24*7. He also complained about the death of someone in his family because of the same reason.
Case 2: Rohini-based Shyam Bajaj (name changed) complained of lethargy and joint pains because of cell tower radiation at his home.
Case 3: Gurgaon-based entrepreneur Aseem Bhatia (name changed) was concerned about cell towers coming up around his recently acquired villa.
Case 4: Greater Kailash based Mrs. Tandon (name changed) called us for a radiation inspection of her home – and we realized that her home was sitting next to a HV transformer/ substation.
When the Brightsandz team went into auditing these premises, we found that the borewell and the motors at the Ghaziabad complex were producing a highly toxic EMF (Electro-Magnetic fields) in the premises. Mr. Shyam Bajaj had a very high ELF (Extreme low frequency EMF) instance at his home because the colony transmission lines were hanging no more than 2 feet away from his bed head. Mr. Aseem Bhatia had done very costly fittings in his home – which aesthetically were great – but the interior designer didnot bother about the open wires and the ELF/EMF component. The high electro-magnetic fields were a health risk in all these three cases.
Any electrical system, device or appliance that is conducting electricity is also emanating Electro-Magnetic forces and fields. The older the appliance, the less maintained or the higher the input current and voltage, the higher is the EMF radiated. Yours truly was taken by a surprise when the kitchen exhaust fan at my home was seen to be radiating high magnetic fields at a 6 feet distance below it – because EMF (much like EMR) – is insensible – and we are not able to understand that we are dense EMF zones. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that we spend 12-13 hours daily in such environments – multiplying the effect multiple times over.
We have seen work spaces and work shops – with high voltage equipment also contaminated by extremely high EMF. The workers who work in such conditions are exposed to high EMF – potentially putting their lives under huge degree of risk.
EMF like EMR is a far more stubborn radiation field – and requires far more specialized solutions than cell tower radiation. It is easy to differentiate EMR and EMF. EMR is a by product of telecommunication systems – where as EMF is a product of electrical systems. EMR is measured by a general range of instruments called Dossimeters – EMF is measured by Gaussimeter and ELF is measured by specialized Gaussimeters called Stetzerisers.
So a cell tower, mobile phone, signal booster and repeater, WiFi router is a source of EMR, where as an invertor, generator, electrical machine, Geyser, TV, AC – are sources of EMF. Another source of EMF is damaged and unsheathed electric wiring – which causes extreme low frequency EMF radiation. Workspace EMF is a topic of discussion in the advanced economies of Europe and as of July 1st, 2016, United Kingdom has passed the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations – which monitors and limits the EMF exposures at the work space. This is a proactive step towards responsibly limiting the exposure of high EMF at workspace and factory shop floors. We see more advanced and responsible nations to be coming forward and enabling such statuettes for employee health and welfare in days to come.
Here’s a run down on the Cell tower radiation versus radiation from electrical appliances.