Smart Safety Precautions for Wireless Devices

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By Rich Myers

            Although exposure to the radio-frequencies (RF) from ubiquitous 5-G transmitter stations is unavoidable, fortunately there are measures individuals can take to help reduce their exposure to RF radiation emitted by wireless devices.  It is important to reduce cumulative body exposure  as much as possible, especially by the most vulnerable segments of the population – infants and fetuses, children, pregnant women, the seriously ill and the elderly. 

            Below is a brief summary of safety measures that can be taken to limit total body exposure when using wireless devices.

            Cell phones (adults).  Never hold the cell phone to your ear.  Instead place the phone on speaker mode and keep it as far from your body as is practicable, or use a radiation-free air tube headset.  Cell phone shields can also be purchased to reduce RF exposure.

             Avoid using the cell phone inside a car. Turn the cell phone off or place it in airplane mode so it does not transmit when idle.  The cell phone requires more power to transmit its signal inside the car and the RF emissions ricochet inside the car cabin which increases your exposure.  Avoid using Bluetooth or a hardwire headset.  A hardwire headset can function as an antenna and increase RF emission into your brain. 

            Finally, turn off the cell phone if you must carry it in your pocket or clothing, or if you need to hold it in your hand for a lengthy period of time.

            Cell phones (children).Children 6 and under should not use cell phones.  Their thinner skulls and developing brains are more vulnerable to cell phone radiation.  Children 6 and older should minimize cell phone use and observe safety measures as well.

            Cordless phones.  A cordless phone base station emits a high density power signal and can be just as hazardous as a cell phone.  Recommend removing cordless phones from your home or workplace and use a conventional hardwired phone instead.  Research has linked RF radiation from the cordless phone base station to sperm abnormalities in mice, decreased cognitive function and slowing of the heart.

            Computers. Use an LCD flat screen computer vice the old CRT computer monitor. Disable your Wi-Fi router and use a hardwire connection instead.  If you must use Wi-Fi, do not sit close to the router.  Move the router as far away from your computer desk and high traffic areas in your home or office as feasible. You can also purchase protective shielding and wrap it around your router to reduce RF emissions.

            Do not place your laptop or tablet on your lap.  Place these mobile devices on a flat surface when using. You can also purchase laptop protective cases and shields or blankets to place on your lap. 

            Do not use a wireless mouse and disable the wireless mode feature on your printer.  Use a hardwire cable connection instead.


            Microwave ovens.These can be highly dangerous due to the intensity of their radiation and leakage beyond the doors.  Microwave ovens can also interfere with pacemakers. If necessary to use a microwave oven leave the room or walk away from it as soon as it is turned on.  Return only after it has turned off.  A hand-held electrosmog meter will easily show the amount of the microwave leakage escaping past the door and its high intensity level.

            Smart meters.  Refuse installation if you reside in a state that allows consumers to opt-out.  Retain your traditional analog meter instead and pay the modest surcharge to have a utility company employee manually read your old meter.

            If your state law requires you to have a smart meter ask your utility company to mount the smart meter on your property as far away from your house and high traffic living areas as possible. Recommend mailing your request to your utility company via Certified Mail.

            Never stand closer than 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) or touch a functioning smart meter. Doing so could result in you exceeding FCC's maximum exposure limit.If you have a smart meter installed on your house you can purchase and install electromagnetic field (EMF) shielding material that block or reduce RF radiation emissions into your home.  Protective products include special paints and rolls of shielding material to cover the interior wall opposite from where the meter is mounted on the exterior wall.

            If you live in an apartment building or condominium which has many smart meters mounted side-by-side in a bank or cluster, you don’t want to be living near that bank of smart meters.  High risk areas would include the kitchen, sitting areas, or beds/bedrooms where you are likely to spend substantial amounts of time.   Rearrange the furniture in those living areas to lessen exposure, or vacate your unit and move to a different unit as far from the smart meter bank or cluster as feasible.

Smart appliances.  Purchase conventional or second hand appliances that do not have the wireless technology designed to communicate with your smart meter. 

Smart TVs.   Don’t purchase a smart TV if you have not already done so. If you have a smart TV that streams from the internet convert it to a wired connection. 

RF shielding devices. A number of companies offer a variety of RF/EMF radiation shielding devices . Multiple vendors can be found by googling “EMF safety products” or similar phrases.

     Rich Myers retired from a career in the U.S. Navy and testified for seven hours at a hearing in Harrisburg, PA last year in a complaint he brought against his local utility company to opt out of having a digital smart meter installed in his home because of health concerns. 

    In September, 2018 Rich filed exceptions to the initial decision by the administrative law judge who ruled to dismiss his formal complaint. The reason the judge gave was that he failed to prove by a preponderance of evidence that RF radiation emitted by the smart meter is unsafe. This despite the fact that he identified 4,266 scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals that show non-thermal RF radiation of the type emitted by smart meters is biologically active and deleterious to his health. These studies were endorsed for scientific merit by his expert witness, a Harvard Medical School grad and M.D. who also provided expert testimony at the hearing. The utility company's expert witness cited only 10 studies that reported negative findings.
     The five-member Pennsylvania Utility Commission will likely make its final ruling this summer. If the Commission upholds the judge's initial decision, Rich will appeal to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, providing attorney and legal costs are not prohibitive. In the meantime, he notified his utility company via certified mail not to install a smart meter on his home until all of his appeals have been exhausted.



Bettina Zumdick