EMF Field Guides: The Beginner’s Guide to

20 Proven Ways to Lower Your Family’s EMF Exposure Today!

In this EMF field guide, you’re going to see our Top 20 tips to lower your EMF exposure today.

Some of these you’ll have heard of, but we bet that many are going to be new to you.

Congratulations on taking the first step to lower you and your family’s EMF exposure!

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20 Tips & Suggestions for
Lowering Your EMF Exposure Today

The following are some of the more commonplace, man-made EMF exposure sources people come into contact with.

Thankfully, the EMF exposure levels of many of these can be reduced or eliminated by simple lifestyle changes and without much effort.

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Put Your Phone in Airplane Mode When Not In Use

Unless you’re expecting an urgent call, why not put your phone in airplane mode?

Cell phones that aren’t in airplane mode are constantly pinging surrounding cell towers in case someone’s calling or to check if there’s incoming data (i.e. text messages).

Every time your cell phone does this radio frequency radiation is being absorbed by you or the people surrounding you (your children, for example).

Putting your cell phone in airplane mode will limit your EMF exposure (specifically RF) markedly.

You can easily check your phone for any missed calls, messages or texts every 30 minutes and then put it back into airplane mode.

Not being perpetually available and distracted will likely have mental health benefits, as well.

A Low EMF Solution

This might be the simplest solution we offer on how to immediately reduce your EMF exposure.


Use Speaker Phone Mode for lower EMF Exposure

If you read the fine print in user manuals, cell phone manufacturers themselves warn against holding the phone directly up against your head.

The user, by holding the cell phone against his or her head, receives the highest amount of EMF radio frequency exposure during the call.

This is especially problematic with children, as their smaller head sizes mean greater brain exposure.

For lower exposure, when you have to take a call, put the phone in “speaker phone” mode and set it down on a surface, so there is increased distance and no direct phone-to-skin contact.

A Low EMF Solution

While not always practical, when at home the ideal solution is to utilize an old-school, wired landline phone for your phone calls with loved ones.

Yes, they still make landline phones.

Many cell phone providers allow you to forward your cell phone calls to your landline..


Don’t Sleep with Your Cell Phone next to you

One point of emphasis in the Building Biology field is the importance of the bedroom being a protected, restorative space in which the body can recuperate.

Having a transmitting (non-airplane mode) phone sending out RF pulses directly adjacent to your bed isn’t a natural state and is likely to lead to poorer sleep.

This applies to smart watches and fitness bands, as well, as we talk about below.

These phones are often plugged in with un-grounded cords, as well, which leads to higher AC electrical fields.

Best practices are to have the phone in airplane mode, unplugged, with the charging cords in another room.

A Low EMF Solution

Distance is your friend.

If you are waiting for an important call, put your phone across the bedroom, so that it isn’t next to you, still where you can hear it.


Don’t Let Your Children Use Transmitting Cell Phones

There are a number of studies on the benefits of limiting screen time for children (and adults). We won’t go into the weeds regarding that here.

We also recognize there are times when a child is being disruptive in a difficult circumstance and the distraction of the phone may the only thing that will settle the child down.

In these circumstances, just take a second and make sure the phone is in airplane mode.

It is possible to have the phone in airplane mode, but also have the wireless or bluetooth turned on, so make sure these are turned off, as well.

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If you are unsure about how to properly do this, enter “YOUR PHONE MODEL + airplane mode” in your favorite search engine.

For more info on keeping your children safe, please read our Step-by-Step EMF Guides on Reducing EMF Exposure for Children and EMFs and Baby Nurseries.


Be Careful With Your Tech Use When Pregnant

Being pregnant can be stressful and in an effort to relax many pregnant women will sit on a couch or chair and rest their phones, tablets or laptops near their abdomen.

While this is certainly a subject best discussed with the pregnant woman’s OB or primary physician, it seems prudent to create distance from or shield this radio frequency field, electric field and sometimes heat exposure.

At a minimum, we recommend not resting the devices directly on or adjacent to the belly or midriff area.

If you want to watch movies on your phone or tablet, download the media beforehand and watch with your plane in airplane mode with wi-fi and bluetooth off.

A Low EMF Solution

Some protection from the RF and electric field EMF exposure can be achieved with specialized EMF shielding products.

Please visit our EMF Field Guide to Pregnancy and EMFs for more information on these products and other EMF prevention tips for you and your baby.


Baby Monitors

Many current baby monitors utilize Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to transmit the audio and video to the receiver. This subjects your baby to differing levels of radio frequency radiation.

To avoid this exposure for your child, you can purchase baby monitors that have ethernet ports and then “hardwire” your baby monitor.

Please see our EMF Field Guides for more information on low-EMF nurseries and children’s rooms.

A Low EMF Solution

We recommend using a hardwired connection, but if you must use a wireless baby monitor increase the distance from the device to the child.  This will lesson their EMF exposure.


Determine Nearby Cell Towers

This step is to understand where local cell phone towers are and to avoid prolonged EMF exposure to adjacent areas that will have increased RF levels.

A real world application of this would be deciding where to live (buying or renting). Another would be determining which children’s parks or playgrounds aren’t adjacent to large cell towers.

A Low EMF Solution

Search out low-EMF housing and low-EMF recreation areas.

The websites Antenna Search and Cell Mapper are great resources for this.


Hardwire Your Internet

We recommend limiting your exposure to RF fields as much as possible and that includes the use of Wi-Fi routers.

As we mentioned in our section on baby monitors, hardwiring your internet is a great way to limit your RF exposure.

Hardwiring can be achieved by running grounded ethernet cables through your home, by utilizing a powerline adapter kit that connects to your router via your home’s electrical wiring, or by using an adapter kit that uses pre-existing co-axial or cable tv lines.

We’ll have a guide on the pros and cons of each out soon.


A Low EMF Solution

Hardwiring your internet is a great way to lower your RF EMF exposure from Wi-Fi routers and one of our top recommendations to clients.


Turn Your Wireless Router Off at Night

If you must have the Wi-Fi router on, make sure it is turned off at night time.

Sleeping hours are the most important restorative time for humans and pets. Make this extremely important block of time free of the constant radio frequency radiation produced by Wi-Fi routers.

There may be scenarios where this isn’t possible (wireless security systems, for example). In these instances, there are ways to lower the output of the wireless routers through shielding devices.

Don’t shield your router if necessary medical devices are being utilized.

A Low EMF Solution

Turning off you Wi-Fi can be achieved by the following means:

A – Some internet providers (Google Fiber, for example) that have a wireless router bundled with their service modem have apps that you can use to remotely turn the wireless router on and off.

B – Put your wireless router on a mechanical timer that you plug into your electrical outlet. This will turn it off every day at a selected time.

C – Utilize a remote IR kill switch. Right before you go to bed, you can turn off your wireless router with the click of a button and then turn it back on when you wake up.


Cordless Phones

To put it simply, we recommend getting rid of your cordless telephones. This is especially the case with DECT phones (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications).

DECT phones produce a large amount of radio frequency radiation. These can be especially problematic as many of the docking stations are placed right next to sleeping areas.

We recommend you go old-school with a corded land-line. 

Yes, they still make landline phones and many have very long stretchy cords, so you can maneuver about the house.


A Low EMF Solution

Instead of using a cordless phone, utilize an old-school, wired landline phone for your phone calls with loved ones.

If having a cordless phone is non-negotiable, you can still find old non-DECT, 900 mHz phones on eBay or Craig’s List.

If you do decide to go this route, make sure the phones or docking stations aren’t in your bedroom at night or right next to you in your office or other frequented areas.


Lower Your EMF Exposure from the Microwave Oven

Unfortunately, most people stand directly in front of their microwave oven when heating their food.

Most, if not all, microwaves will leak RF radiation when in use.

The simplest solution, and probably the healthiest from a microwave EMF exposure and nutritional perspective is to get rid of the microwave entirely.

The second best solution is to create distance from the microwave when it’s in use. Play it safe and leave the room.

At a minimum, make sure your children are far away.

A Low EMF Solution

As mentioned, the simplest solution, and likely healthiest from a nutritional standpoint, is to not use a microwave oven.


Replace Your Lighting

Some lighting choices are better than others. Here are a few examples of ones you want to look out for in order to have a low-EMF home:

01 – A CFL bulb (the ones that look like pig tails) can refresh 10-40,000 times a second. It’s amazing engineering and significant energy savings, but unfortunately leads to dirty electricity.

CFL bulbs also contain mercury that will be released in your home if the bulb breaks.

02 – Dimmer switches are also notorious culprits in the production of dirty electricity

03 – Fluorescent lighting ballasts, commonly found in offices and workshops, can produce elevated magnetic fields.

When in doubt, go old school with incandescent light bulbs and have a certified electrician swap out your dimmer switches.

A Low EMF Solution

Incandescent bulbs produce a fuller spectrum of light and don’t produce the levels of dirty electricity that the energy savings bulbs do.


Use Smart Watches in Airplane Mode, too

Many smart watches (such as the Apple Watch) have cellular, wi-fi and bluetooth capabilities similar to cell phones.

As such, put these in airplane mode when not needed and then simply check periodically for voice mail or texts.

Especially be aware of sleeping with these. Depending on your sleeping position, you could have a transmitting device directly next to your head, torso, or crotch for a majority of the night.

A Low EMF Solution

If you are unsure about how to properly do this, a quick internet search of “YOUR WATCH MODEL + Airplane mode” will provide you with the information.


Fitness Trackers and Always On Bluetooth

Wrist-worn fitness trackers, such as FitBit and Garmin, may have bluetooth capabilities that are not able to be turned off. This can mean constant RF radiation.

Our advice would be to purchase a model where the bluetooth can be turned off. If that’s not possible take it off when not in use.

A Low EMF Solution

We’ll have a buying guide out shortly, but one fitness tracker model where you can turn the bluetooth off is the Garmin vivosmart HR. The less EMF exposure the better!


Don’t Use Wireless Headphones

Wireless headphones have an EMF double whammy effect in that they produce both RF fields and AC magnetic fields.

This is a concern as the devices are directly adjacent to people’s brains for extended periods of time.

This is especially worrisome for the developing brains of children.

Instead, we recommend that people purchase wired airtube headphones. They’re not as as cutting edge in design, but they provide added peace of mind.

A Low EMF Solution

DefenderShield makes a popular version of airtube headphones.

Here are some other options.


Laptops Should be Hardwired, Grounded and In Airplane Mode

We’ll break down what we mean by this:

By hardwiring your laptop with grounded ethernet cable it enables you to turn off your Wi-Fi router and not subject your family to the RF radiation.

Grounding your laptop using a 3-prong, grounded charging plug helps mitigate AC electric fields around your computer.

Having your computer in airplane mode keeps the wireless and bluetooth chips from attempting to communicate. This reduces your RF EMF exposure.

Using a corded keyboard and mouse helps with RF fields, too.

A Low EMF Solution

Our guides on hardwiring your internet, making sure your laptops are properly grounded, and putting your computer into airplane mode correctly are coming soon.


Use Tablets In Airplane Mode

Like cell phones, tablets are safest when used in airplane mode with Wi-Fi and bluetooth turned off.

This is especially important for growing toddlers and children.

Most streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix will have content that you can download for offline viewing. This reduces the need to be perpetually connected to the internet for entertainment purposes.

A Low EMF Solution

If you do an internet search for “YOUR TABLET MODEL + airplane mode,” you’ll find instructions on how to place your tablet into airplane mode.


Evaluate Your Entertainment Center for EMF Exposure sources

Entertainment centers can have a wide variety of devices that produce RF radiation.

Smart TVs, media devices, gaming systems, smart speakers, cable boxes, DVD players, audio systems, wireless speakers, and media recorders all have wireless capabilities.

The combination of all these in close proximity can lead to elevated RF levels, even when the devices aren’t actively in use.

Our recommendation is to connect to these with grounded ethernet and forget the wireless entirely.

If that’s not possible, put these electronics on power strips, so that you can easily turn them off entirely when not in use.

A Low EMF Solution

Our EMF Field Guide to Living Rooms details this more.


Replace Your Wireless Computer Peripherals

Wireless keyboards and mice use bluetooth to connect to the computer. You can remove this RF exposure by replacing these bluetooth devices with corded versions.

Wired computer speakers are also preferable to the wireless variety.

A Low EMF Solution

Simple wired keyboards can be found here. Follow this link for a wired mouse.


Address Your Smart Meters

Smart meters are simply digital utility meters that can transmit the usage data back to the utilities.

This is most commonly achieved through use of a cellular transmitter that transmits the data at regular intervals, so that a “scanning” vehicle can drive by and receive the information.

There are different smart meter models that produce different levels intensity and frequency of RF signals. As such, we recommend contacting an EMF specialist or purchasing a RF capable meter to ascertain these variables if the meter is close to sleeping or frequented areas of the home.

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Visit our EMF meter reviews to find a meter that can address this common EMF exposure.


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