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Common EMF Sources in Kitchens – Part 2
Common Sources of EMFs in Kitchens
24 Common EMF Sources
Found in Kitchens, Continued
Here’s the continuation of our compilation of common EMF sources found in kitchens.
As mentioned before, these are spaces that people frequent. It’s worth surveying these areas and making sure there aren’t any elevated areas of exposure.
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Common Kitchen Tech Devices
We’ve gone over these tech devices in previous sections, so we won’t go into too much detail, but we think it’s important to highlight them again.
Cell Phones & Tablets
People often charge their phones or use them for music or entertainment in the kitchen. Remember to use airplane mode, as much as possible.
People that use cordless phones will very often have a base station in the kitchen. We recommend switching these out for corded versions.
Bluetooth Radios and Speakers
Bluetooth speakers are a common fixture in kitchens. We recommend getting a non-bluetooth version that you can plug your phone straight into.
Wired & Wireless Phone Chargers
It’s rare to not find phone chargers somewhere in the kitchen. Due to the AC electric fields try to distance these from areas where people frequent.
These are often smaller sized to accommodate smaller areas, but they may be wi-fi or bluetooth enabled. Get a model that isn’t or one where you can turn off this functionality.
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Be aware of where these devices are in relation to where people spend their time.
Internet of Things or IOT Devices
Author Jacob Morgan defines the Internet of Things (also know as IoT) as:
Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other).
Kitchen appliances, along with thermostats and security devices, seem to be on the frontline of this tech rollout.
Having an RF chip in every appliance in the kitchen (and elsewhere) is sub-optimal from the perspective of trying to achieve a low-EMF home.
Below are some examples of items that you can currently find on the market today.
Smart fridges have wi-fi chips in order to communicate with the home’s wi-fi router or smart hub. So, along with standard, elevated magnetic fields you’re going to get RF fields, as well.
Although you won’t be able to check your email on a touch screen or be alerted on your phone that you’re almost out of milk or that you’ve left the fridge door open, we recommend going with non-Smart refrigerators.
Smart Stoves & Ranges
The allure of these, I guess, is to get phone alerts when the item you’re cooking is done or if the appliance needs cleaning.
A low-EMF home can do without these bells and whistles.
These are similar to the stoves and ranges.
While pre-heating your oven from your phone in the grocery store may seem novel, we don’t recommend these in a low-EMF home.
These can send you an alert if your dishes are close to being done. If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that we’re in dire need of more alerts.
Smart Cooking Tops
These are basically smart cooking pans that hook connect to apps on your phone or tablet.
Our suggestion is to use a non-RF pan, as old-fashioned as that may be.
Smart kitchen thermometers, smart microwaves, smart icemakers, smart blenders, smart instant pot, Oh My!
If you can name a kitchen appliance, they’re probably putting an RF chip of sorts in it.
A low-EMF house will have lots of dumb appliances instead.
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We recommend rejecting the novelty of the IoT and keeping it simple.
Other Assorted Kitchen EMF Sources
These are some additional sources of EMFs in the kitchen. The duration of exposure to these sources isn’t going to be high, but these are something to be aware of if you are sensitive.
Toasters & Toaster Ovens
The heating element will produce magnetic fields and the cords may have elevated electric fields.
It’s prudent to put these on counter in a spot away from where people sit for long periods of time.
Electric Teapots & Kettles
These are similar to the toasters with their magnetic and electric field exposure. Play it safe and put these away from where people sit, too.
Countertop Ice Machines
It’s worth testing these with a gaussmeter and electric field meter to see if the appliances produce elevated levels of either.
The Trifield TF2 is an option for this.
These aren’t on for very long periods of time, so it’s just something to be aware of if you’re sensitive to magnetic fields.
Water Filtration Systems
Worth surveying with a gaussmeter and electric field meter to play it safe.
Electric Can Openers and Carving Knives
These have minimal exposure times, but something to take into account if you’re sensitive to magnetic fields.
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When in doubt, survey an appliance with your gaussmeter and electric field meter.
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