Electricians don’t know about Electromagnetic Fields
What is an Electrician and Why Should They be Concerned about EMFs?
Electricians are the experts of electrical maintenance. However, most electricians don’t know much about electromagnetic fields (EMFs). There is an increasing concern about EMFs among the general public but not all electricians do anything about it.
Electricians should be concerned about EMFs because they can cause biological damage and lead to serious health risks such as cancer.
Electricians are aware of AC and DC current and voltage. However, most are not aware of AC Magnetic Fields which are generated from AC current drawn through electrical wires. Nearly all electricians will not have a Gauss meter to measure AC Magnetic Fields. Electricians may not know about radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields and it’s harmful health effects. This is mainly because they are not taught these aspects of EMF in their electrical training. So don’t fault them. This is where Building Biologists are trained in EMFs.
How Smart Meters & Smart Homes Affect the Home and Office Environment
Smart home technology is becoming increasingly popular. However, it can have negative effects on the health of homeowners as many use wireless transmitters and Internet-of-Things (IoT) wireless modules. This increases the level of electromagnetic field (EMF) within the home.
Smart meters are being implemented in the homes of people to monitor their energy consumption by electrical companies. However, smart meters can also emit electromagnetic radiation, which is harmful to humans. They create both radio frequency (RF) and AC magnetic field (MF) electromagnetic radiation.
Wireless devices emit non-ionizing radiation, which includes radio waves and microwaves. This type of radiation is harmful to humans.
What are the Most Common Sources of Electromagnetic Fields in a home?
There are a number of factors that contribute to electromagnetic fields in a home, but the most common sources include electrical cables and appliances.
Electrical cables can create AC magnetic fields, which can be canceled out by bundling them. If any appliances are plugged in, they should be unplugged or turned off when not in use.
Ideally, fridges should not be on the other side of the bedroom wall. Other common appliances may be air purifiers, fans and aircon systems. Ensure occupants do not sleep within 2-3 metres of such sources.
The 3 Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Electromagnetic Field Exposures in a Home Environment.
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are everywhere, but the amount of exposure varies. It might not be possible for people to avoid all sources of EMF. But there are things that people can do to reduce their exposure to the risk. Here are some ways for electricians to help reduce EMF in homes.
The 3 Best Ways for Electricians to Help Reduce Electromagnetic Field Exposure in Homes
1) Ask for an electrical compliance test: This is a good way for electricians to check if your home electrical system is compliant and up to Standard Codes.
2) Get electricians to bundle electrical cables together in wall and ceiling cavities. This will cancel out AC magnetic fields.
3) Get the water pipe and water meter checked for stray current or voltage as this may pose a problem.
If you do find an electrician that’s knowledgeable about electromagnetic fields, then he’s a keeper.
Electrical wires are bundled together. They should not criss-cross.