EMF (Electromagnetic fields) from cell phone towers have always been a cause of concern for the residents who live nearby. The emittance of these waves, which fall in between FM radio waves and microwaves in the electromagnetic spectrum, have not yet been proven to damage DNA cells. However, their risks have not been ruled out, either. The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) states that radiation from cell phone towers is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and may cause a form of brain cancer called glioma. Because these cell phone towers are emitting radiation throughout the day in relatively higher intensities, it could pose serious health issues. So what can you do to help protect your apartment from cell phone tower waves?
If your building has a tower on it or is close to one (within 500 meters or so), it’s best to take precautions to lower your exposure. We list out some options.
How to measure EMFs at home
Before you resort to protective measures, it’s important to review how much you are being exposed to EMF radiations. There are EMF meters available that can record the intensity of the radiations. After taking the readings, you can begin your plan of action to help shield your home.
Get EMF protection paint
This type of paint can help shield against this radiation, preventing the waves from entering your home. The paint can be used as you would use any other wall paint and can be applied to inside or outside walls. Once painted, regular colored paint can be used on top of the protection paint to suit your personal tastes.
Use protective fabric
Fabrics that have the ability to shield against radiations entering your space are a great way to protect yourself and your family. These come in the form of net curtains that are designed specifically to block out EMF radiations, making them a great solution for your windows that cannot be painted as suggested above. The fabric can also be used in other ways, such as a canopy for your bed for extra protection. The fabrics come in different brands and styles so it is best to speak to an expert and browse options to see what suits your needs and personal style the most.
Another way in which you can shield your windows against the entry of these radiations is with a special film made to protect against EMFs. These are available in rolls online and can be applied directly to the window and cut to fit whatever size is necessary.
Target main living areas
If shielding your entire home is not feasible, target the areas in which you frequent the most. For example, if you spend most of your day in the bedroom, choose to paint that room with EMF shielding paint and use a bed canopy of shielding fabric to reduce exposure during the long hours when you sleep at night.
Pay attention to symptoms
Even with protective measures against cell tower radiation, you still could be affected, especially if you reside close to a tower. In case you have health issues such as recurrent headaches, cognitive problems such as memory loss, or mood swings, it’s best to speak to a medical professional who can ascertain the cause and way forward. Close monitoring with EMF meter readings is also helpful to determine the extent to which you are being exposed to the radiations. If your building houses a cell phone tower on its roof, it’s worth considering staying floors lower or moving home to reduce the intensity of your exposure.
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