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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Electrical wires are bundled together. They should not criss-cross.

The Hidden Dangers Where Children Sleep

Hidden Dangers for Children – Part 1

Introduction: New Borns, Infants, Toddlers and Children

As a parent, your new born is the most important member of your family. You will do anything to protect and nuture your child through these turbulent times. You will protect and take precautions to ensure that they are not

A new born is a baby that has just been born.

As soon as your baby is with you, you put your life on hold and invest in your child 100%. You will do anything to protect and nurture them. You might be able to see the growth in their personality and intelligence when they start making sounds around four months old. By six months, they will start responding to your voice and by one year, they will understand more than you could even imagine.

New borns are not like adults in many ways; they can’t speak or walk yet, but they still have a lot of personality traits that make them unique and interesting just the way they are.

Why is sleep important for new borns, infants, toddlers and children?

When we put our children to sleep, we want the best for them. We all know that babies need to sleep to develop well, but if you ask your pediatrician what advice they may give you as a parent, they may tell you that it’s not just about sleep.

Many parents wonder why their baby has a hard time sleeping through the night and how they can make it easier on them. If you have a hard time getting your child to sleep through the night, there are a few things you should consider.

Is it a safe room to sleep in?

Are there any environmental hazards?

Are you using certain devices in the bedroom, which you shouldn’t?

Could there be a building issue that you are not aware of?

How much sleep does a child need?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has established developed a consensus recommendation for the amount of sleep a child needs at different ages. The amount is calculated by the sleep time minus the wake time.

A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that :

  • Infants need 12 to 16 hours sleep

  • 1 to 2 year olds need 11 to 14 hours sleep

  • 3 to 5 year olds need 10 to 13 hours sleep.

  • 6 or 7 year olds should be allowed 8 or 9 hours of sleep every night.

  • Teenagers 13-18 should sleep 8 to 10 hours a day

Sleep on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

Tips for Parents to Reduce the Risks Unsafe Sleeping Areas for Children

As a parent, you may have thought about putting your child to sleep in a safe spot. However, there are many risks that you should take into account before putting your child to bed.

  1. Make sure the bedding is clean and has a neutral smell. Fragrances from laundry detergent are chemicals, which can off-gas and create volatile organic compounds (VOC). These chemical gases may be toxic to your child.

  2. Change bedding weekly and use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to vacuum the mattress, bed and/or cot. Keep dust levels low. Dust mites will feed off dead skin cells. Dust mite faeces will also accumulate. Dust and dust mite faeces are known allergens.

  3. If your child is restless or moves around on the mattress, there may be an environmental hazard. Children intuitively will move away from an unsafe area. Unfortunately as new borns or toddlers, they may be restricted in their cot or bed. These hazards may be geopathic stresses, AC magnetic fields or even radiofrequency fields.

    • Geopathic stresses may be earth energies from fault lines that may cause sleep disturbances or teeth grinding for children sleeping in these zones.

    • Magnetic fields are possible carcinogens and electrical appliances such as fridges, meter box and washing machines may create magnetic field radiation, which may impact the sleeping area. It also increases the risk of childhood leukemia.

    • Radiofrequency fields are any wireless communication such as wireless baby monitors, wireless webcams, Wi-Fi routers, Wi-Fi extenders, Wireless security cameras, smart TVs and wireless speakers. These have been reported to cause restlessness in children, including sleep disturbances, anxiety, mood swings and in worst case scenarios, epileptic seizures.

Health effects of electromagnetic fields on children

Children are more vulnerable to health problems than adults because their neurological development is still underway and it’s hard for them to protect themselves from outside factors.

It’s interesting to see how the skull of an adult is approximately 2mm thick, but the skulls of children are thinner with about 0.5mm at 5 years old and 1 mm on 10 years older. RF radiation has a stronger affect on children compared to adults. RF wireless radiation is absorbed twice as much in children compared to adults..

Electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, are invisible and omnipresent in our everyday lives. They can be found in phones, TVs, and Wi-Fi routers. But we don’t know the long-term effects of exposure to these invisible forces on our health.

There are many studies that have found an increased risk of headaches, sleep disruption, neurotransmitter release, and synaptic plasticity alterations in children with higher levels of EMF exposure.

Using phones before bedtime is never good for health. Children with higher phone use had less favourable sleep durations, more night sleep awakenings, and more parasomnia sleep disorder symptoms.

The nervous systems of children are more vulnerable to the effects of electromagnetic waves than adults for a number of reasons. They are exposed to increased amounts in the world around them. While some sources show that EMFs are possibly carcinogenic, they should be minimized.

The screens from digital devices also produces blue light spectrum of light, which has been found to suppress melatonin release at night. This impacts the body’s natural ability to sleep, often with sleep onset delay by several hours.

A quick way to check if your children slept well (for toddlers and above) is to ask if they had good dreams and what sort of dream was it? 

Best Bedtime Routine for Children

Keep your child safe from long-term exposure to strong EMFs in the home, school, or other places they spend most of their time. Kids are often left with devices like smartphones right against their head or body, which can lead to various health concerns. This means turning off or removing:

  • baby monitors

  • cordless phones

  • wi-fi routers / NBN routers

  • Wireless sound bars (Sonos)

  • Door bells (Ring)

  • Wireless security cameras (Arlo)

  • Garmin, FitBit, iWatch

  • keep electrical devices and appliances away from the sleeping area.

These are just some of the obvious sources, but there are many electrical devices that have Zigbee or other Internet-of-Things (IoT) modules that can transmit EMFs. Only a building biologist will be able to identify the EMF sources properly along with appropriate EMF solutions to mitigate the problem.

Limit screen time from digital devices or smart TV’s by turning it off 1-3 hours before they go to sleep.

Set a bedtime routine. Some of these helpful tips for making their child’s nights easier include: playing calming music at bedtime, having a regular for bedtime and waking up time, limiting and avoiding bright white lights in bedrooms and living areas. Use an amber or red coloured night light. A recommended red coloured night light is the BlockBlueLight.com.au Night Light (use 10% discount code: balanced).

Incandescent lights are generally best suited for children’s rooms. They are not as harsh as an LED light & don’t tire the eyes of your child so they can fall asleep more easily.

For Geopathic stresses, hire a Building Biologist to do a Geopathic stress assessment. The building biologist will also be able to do an EMF assessment of the home looking for RF wireless radiation and AC Magnetic Fields.

 

In conclusion, take the precautionary approach and limit your children’s exposure to EMFs and digital devices. Try it for a month. Monitor your child’s sleep during the month and keep a daily log. Monitor how they move around on their bed. Hiring a professional Building Biologist will give you confidence on identifying and remediating environmental hazards in the home. There are so many factors and devices that may contribute to poor sleep quality for children.

 

The Top 5 Home Inspection Mistakes That Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars

Introduction: Top 5 Home Inspection Mistakes to Avoid Before Buying a Home

In this article, we’ll look at the top 5 home inspection mistakes homeowners make when buying a home.

Do you know that there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure you’re not wasting money on a bad investment? The process of buying a home is always going to be stressful and challenging. There’s a lot of pressure involved but it doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to look for.

#1 – Foundation Issues

A home’s foundation is the most important part of a house. The foundation is crucial because it provides a surface on which all the other parts of the house are built.

A home’s foundation is made up of a concrete slab or footings  that are anchored in to the ground and that provide a level, flat area on which the flooring (either wooden or synthetic) will be laid, and walls can be built. The space under this level area (known as crawlspace) also needs to be considered because it provides insulation for pipes and wires, storage space, and access to plumbing for cleaning purposes.

If you want your home to function well for years without problems, it is important that you make sure your foundation meets certain requirements.

Foundation issues are usually caused by a combination of factors including ground shifting, moisture intrusion and corrosion. A variety of structural problems may result from foundation issues, such as mould growth on the walls or flooring under a wet basement slab. You may also notice surface water flow underneath your house or erosion on your property.

If you have a crawl space under your house, you need to be especially careful about leaks from plumbing fixtures and past floods because these can affect the condition of your crawl space floors and framing members. In some cases, foundation problems may not be evident until there is an earthquake or other extreme ground movement that causes the foundation to shift and cause more problems.

#2 – Mould Issues

The section covers the causes of mold / mould and how to identify the presence of either. It also covers how to remove mold from a house.

Mold is a type of fungus that is found everywhere in nature, indoors and outdoors. They grow on surfaces that have been damp for more than 24 hours, especially on organic substances such as wallpaper, timber, ceiling tiles, carpeting and insulation. In humid environments the growth of mold can be rapid, eventually causing damage to materials it has colonized as well as producing mycotoxins.

There are two types of mold: toxic or allergenic. Toxic molds can produce mycotoxins that cause health problems such as skin irritation or allergic reactions like shortness of breath and wheezing (allergic rhinitis). Allergic rhinitis is also known as hay fever, but can be caused by molds.

Existing mould issues can cause health problems or damage to your personal items

Mould is a type of fungus that can grow in moist, humid environments. Existing mould issues can cause health problems or damage to your personal items. It’s important to prevent mould from growing in your home so it doesn’t spread.

#3 – Drywall & Insulation Problems

Missing insulation: Missing insulation is a very common problem in home insulation. It occurs because either the owner didn’t know about its importance or lack of knowledge on how to install it. The result is a home that does not have the necessary protection from the elements and will be susceptible to outside noise, heat loss, temperature fluctuations.

Discoloured drywall: Discoloured drywall can be caused by many things but the most common cause is water getting behind your drywall. This can be because of too much humidity in your home, high levels of humidity due to the weather conditions or an old roof providing insufficient drainage for water to leave your house properly.

Missing roof sarking: Missing roof sarking means that water and moisture can get in and cause damage to the framing and other material in the attic, which may result in mold or other problems that need to be addressed.

#4 – Ventilation

Ventilation is a key component in the design of a building to ensure that the indoor air quality is at a level that ensures occupants can stay healthy and comfortable.

Ventilation needs to be addressed when designing and building any new space, but there are different types of ventilation, and each has its own pros and cons. It’s important to take into account what you want to achieve in your ventilation system before deciding how much ventilation is needed for your space.

Ventilation is crucial for good indoor air quality. Ventilation has multiple benefits such as removing dust particles from the air, lowering humidity levels, which can help with dry skin or asthma, and reducing CO2 levels within buildings.There are four major types of ventilation that are commonly used including exhaust fans, windows, aircon units, and air purifiers. All of these have different benefits. For example, exhaust fans can help remove excess heat & humidity from wet area or kitchen. Aircon systems will provide heating and cooling options for the home. Ceiling fans are another suitable option.

#5 – Electrical Issues can cause EMF issues

Electrical issues can lead to EMF issues. Electrical wiring diagram is the first way to identify if there is any issue with your electrical wiring. Dirty electricity and living near a substation are also two reasons why people experience EMF problems.

Different countries have different guidelines for how close you can be to an electrical substation. It is important that you know the guidelines of the country that you are living in. Sleeping near electricity can cause EMF problems as it emits AC magnetic fields around your bed. This will not only affect your sleep but also potentially cause health problems in the long run.

Conclusion

This guide has provided an overview of the foundation issues that can affect your homes, as well as possible causes and prevention methods. Hire a building biologist to provide another perspective on the building separate to a building inspector.

5G Testing

The 5th Generation of Mobile Phone Technology ratified by the 3GPP conglomerate has meant that there is a rapid race to deliver the services to the consumers and businesses that are eagerly awaiting the super-fast low latency mobile data offerings that are touted to be 10x time faster than current 4G LTE speeds. However, there are global concerns raised from the public on the safety of 5G and in particular millimetre waves (mmWaves) that will be used in the future.

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The nature of 5G requires multiple frequencies as seen above and utilises multiple technology innovations such as Massive MIMO, full-duplex, beam-forming and mmWaves. This all means that they need to deploy smaller antennas more frequently. These can be called small cells, pico cells or micro cell antennas. Go to the ‘Gallery’  to see more real-world Australian examples.

So what can you do? A lot!

Firstly, hire a building biologist to come and assess your area and your home. They will be able to measure frequencies unto 6GHz, but in some cases, can hire specialised equipment to measure much higher than this.   It is important to obtain a baseline radio frequency (RF) exposure measurement before any new 5G antennas gets deployed.

Second, best to sign-up to any petitions and go to protest events that are organised by the many facebook groups in Australia.

What is 5G

All too often, there is a lot of mis-information being circulated around social media. This page will hopefully provide some clear and concise information on some of the 5G technologies that comes from accurate sources that are not mis-leading but also not too technically complex.

As a Building Biologist at Balanced Building Biology, with 20+ years of experience in the IT world, the knowledge and experience has been applied in this field (building biology) to analyse and assess 5G. With a passion to hunt down pico, micro and small cell antennas as well as the more dominant panel and beam-forming antennas, we can assess your neighbourhood.

5G Summary

A very good summary from the IEEE, which makes it very understandable.

Beam-Forming

Just as a nozzle on the spray bottle has 2 options of ‘mist’ and ‘stream’ types of spraying methods, beam-forming brings a direct ‘stream’ of radio frequencies directly to your head where you would put your mobile phone against your ear. This can be potentially hazardous.

 

Full Duplex

Think of it as a bi-directional freeway (aka full duplex) that is actually a multi-lane freeway (MIMO).