Precautions to Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Exposure
Scientists can’t seem to make up their mind about cell phones. Do they produce radiation? Yes. Is the radiation they produce harmful to us? They aren’t sure. However, putting all their reports together, a pattern of tips and precautions becomes clear.
The most IMPORTANT thing you need to know right away is that your phone sometimes transmits a stronger (and therefore more hazardous) signal, while at other times it will transmit very weakly or not at all. It’s a good idea to know when that happens and when it doesn’t to avoid causing yourself harm. Parents should especially heed this advice, as children are most susceptible to radiation damage during their tender years of growth.
Here are some important tips to minimize exposure:
Use a Wired or Bluetooth Headset: Use a headset (wired or Bluetooth) to keep the handset away from your head.
Do Not Press Handset Against Your Head: Do not press the handset against your head. Radio Frequency (RF) energy is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source — being very close greatly increases energy absorption.
Limit the Length of your Calls: Limit the length of mobile calls as you will be exposed to radiations for lesser amount of time if you don’t go on talking for long.
Use text (SMS) instead of voice wherever possible: This pings the cell phone towers for seconds rather than minutes and minimizes your radiation exposure. This would allow you to keep the instrument away from your head and you will be saved from unnecessary radiations.
Put the cell phone on speaker mode: Use the speakerphone on your cell phone when you can have a public conversation, or hook your cell phone up to an earphone or headphones to keep it as far from you as possible while still talking on it.
Use Phone Only When You Have Good Signal Strength: Use your phone where reception is good. If the radio signal is weak, a mobile phone will increase its transmission power. Find a strong signal and avoid movement.
Avoid Mobile Phone with Metal Framed Glasses: Metal and water are good conductors of radio waves, so avoid using a mobile phone while wearing metal-framed glasses or having wet hair.
Wait for the Call to Connect before you Put it on Ear: Let the call connect before putting the handset to your ear or before you start speaking and listening – a mobile phone first makes the communication at higher power and then reduces power to an adequate level. More power is radiated during call connecting time.
Avoid Keeping the Switched On Phone in Upper Pocket: When your phone is ON, don’t carry it in chest/breast or PANTS pockets. It might harm your fertility or your heart. When a mobile phone is ON, it automatically transmits at high power every one or two minutes to check (poll) the network.
Reduce Children’s Mobile Phone Usage: Reduce children’s mobile phone use, as a younger person will likely have a longer lifetime exposure to radiation from cell phones.
Keep your Cellphone Away if you Have Medical Implants: People who have active medical implants should preferably keep the cell phone at least 15cm away from the medical implant.
* While purchasing a mobile handset, check its SAR value. This can be found on the internet if you know its make and model.
Reduce Use of Mobile Phones when in a Car: The RF radiation is increased by mobile phones when used in a car to overcome the WINDOWshielding. So try to reduce such use or stop it altogether.
Place your Cell Phone on Both Ears Interchangeably : Switch sides regularly while communicating on your cell phone to spread out your exposure. Earlier, reports have surfaced stating that the radiations are less harmful when phone is placed on the left ear, but seems that wasn’t correct.
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