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Appendix: EMF Product Reviews

 

Children and EMF Exposure:
99 Ways to Lower Your Kids’ Exposure at Home and Away

 

Click on the sections below to view products to keep you safer. 
Disclosure: Some links are affiliate links.

Protecting Children From Cell Phone Exposure

01

Keep Transmitting Cell Phones away from Kids

The bottom line is that you don’t want cell phones near your children that aren’t in “airplane mode.”

Cell phones that aren’t in airplane mode are constantly pinging the tower to see if someone’s calling or if there’s incoming data (i.e. text messages). This is RF radiation that is being absorbed by your child.

The closer the phone is to the child the more RF exposure they’re going to receive.

A Low EMF Solution

If you’re in a situation where you need to distract your children, utilize a wifi-only tablet in airplane mode. Games and movies should be loaded on beforehand.

02

Kids Should Always Use Speaker Phone Mode

There are times when kids will inevitably use a cell phone, such as talking to or video chatting with Grandparents.

In these scenarios, try to make sure that they aren’t holding the phone against their head where they will receive the highest amount of radio frequency exposure.

Best practice in this scenario is to put the phone in “speaker phone” mode and to have them set it down on a surface, so that they aren’t holding it. 

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.

03

Cell Phones and BAby Strollers

Mothers with young children will often times set their cell phones in the pockets of a baby stroller. This can often mean the phone is directly adjacent to the child’s head.

Obviously, the best solution is to make sure your phone is in airplane mode and not transmitting in any manner.

If you have to have your phone on while you’re walking your child, stick it in your back pocket or in a backpack, so that you’re taking the brunt of the exposure.

A Low EMF Solution

If you’re expecting an important call, other than placing your body between the phone and your baby, you could utilize RF shielding fabric to place a protective barrier between the two.

Click here to learn more about cell phone shielding.

04

If Kids Are Playing On Your Phone it Should Be In Airplane Mode

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

We also recognize that there are times when a child is being disruptive in a difficult circumstance and the distraction of a game on your phone may be one of the only things that will settle the child down.

In this circumstance, simply 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 turned on, so make sure the wireless is turned off, as well. 

A Low EMF Solution

If you are unsure about how to properly do this, please read our guide on how to know if your phone is correctly in airplane mode.

05

Tablets Need to Be in Airplane Mode, Too

Many smart watches, such as the Apple Watch, are effectively the same as cell phones, with cellular, wifi and bluetooth capabilities.

It’s smart practice to have these in airplane mode when you don’t those, but especially when you’re around your young children.

A Low EMF Solution

To better explain this, we have a guide to how to make sure your iPad, Amazon Fire HD, or other tablet is in airplane mode.

You can also read our guide on how to use your tablet or phone with a hardwired ethernet connection.

06

Laptops Should be Hardwired and In Airplane Mode

Wrist-worn fitness trackers, such as FitBit and Garmin, often have bluetooth capabilities that are not able to be turned off.  This means that they are constantly trying to locate a compatible device to pair with and are producing RF radiation.

Our advice would be to purchase a model where the bluetooth can be disabled or if that’s not possible to, at least, make sure the tracker isn’t being worn around your children.

A Low EMF Solution

If you are unsure about how to properly do this, please read our guide on how to know if your laptop is correctly in airplane mode.

07

Smart Watches Need to Be in Airplane Mode, Too

Many smart watches, such as the Apple Watch, are effectively the same as cell phones, with cellular, wifi and bluetooth capabilities.

It’s smart practice to have these in airplane mode when you don’t those, but especially when you’re around your young children.

A Low EMF Solution

If you are unsure about how to properly do this, please read our guide on how to know if your Apple, Samsung or other smart watch is correctly in airplane mode.

08

Fitness Trackers and Always On Bluetooth

Wrist-worn fitness trackers, such as FitBit and Garmin, often have bluetooth capabilities that are not able to be turned off.  This means that they are constantly trying to locate a compatible device to pair with and are producing RF radiation.

Our advice would be to purchase a model where the bluetooth can be disabled or if that’s not possible to, at least, make sure the tracker isn’t being worn around your children.

A Low EMF Solution

If you are unsure about how to properly do this, please read our guide on how to know if your FitBit, Garmin or other fitness tracking device is correctly in airplane mode.

We also have a buying guide for fitness trackers that allow you to turn off the bluetooth function.

Protecting Children from AC Magnetic Fields

Protecting Children from AC Electric Fields

EMF Shielding for Children

As children are in important stages of growth throughout their formative years, they are especially susceptible to EMFs and should be

All-in-all that’s an awful lot of time being inundated by radio frequency fields and other EMFs. By making small changes (such as using devices in airplane mode) and by utilizing some of the following products in moderation, people can reduce their family’s exposure levels.

Read through each product section to view how each can contribute to lower EMF levels.

EMF Shielding for Children

As children are in important stages of growth throughout their formative years, they are especially susceptible to EMFs and should be

All-in-all that’s an awful lot of time being inundated by radio frequency fields and other EMFs. By making small changes (such as using devices in airplane mode) and by utilizing some of the following products in moderation, people can reduce their family’s exposure levels.

Read through each product section to view how each can contribute to lower EMF levels.

01

TrueDark or other Blue Light Blocking Glasses

The artificial blue light produced by phones, laptops and tablets is unhealthy in several ways.

Blue light is thought to be detrimental to sleep hygiene, overall brain functioning, and damaging to one’s eyesight and skin.

Blue light blocking glasses help temper your exposure and ensure a better night’s sleep.

$25-$89

(at last check)

02

Airtube Headphones & Low EMF Radiation Headphones

Standard headphones have the speaker in your ear or directly adjacent to your ear.  This means the magnetic fields produced by the speaker are in extremely close proximity to your brain.

Airtube headphones have the speaker much lower on the cord and then the sound reverberates upward.  The result is lower proximity to the EMF source and, thus, lower exposure.

There are several brands of airtube headphones to choose from, but one of the most popular is the DefenderShield version.

It has a standard 3.5 mm plug, so remember to purchase a lightning connector if you’re going to be using it with a newer version phone that requires it (such as an iPhone 8 and above).

$30-$68

(at last check)

04

Laptop EMF Shielding

Most people sit in chairs or on the couch with their laptops resting on their laps.  Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of close proximity EMF exposure.

The safest solution, by far, is to use a computer at desk or table with a wired mouse and keyboard and a wired internet connection.

If you’re going to occasionally use a laptop on your laptop, an EMF laptop shield will reduce your exposure to AC magnetic fields, AC electric fields and radio frequency radiation emanating from your computer.

DefenderShield and Safesleeve are two of the more well known manufacturers of these cases.

Click the Amazon link below to see other alternatives.

~ $100

(This model, the DefenderPad Laptop Shield, at last check.)

05

Tablet EMF Shielding

Most people sit in chairs or on the couch with their laptops resting on their laps.  Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of close proximity EMF exposure.

The safest solution, by far, is to use a computer at desk or table with a wired mouse and keyboard and a wired internet connection.

If you’re going to occasionally use a laptop on your laptop, an EMF laptop shield will reduce your exposure to AC magnetic fields, AC electric fields and radio frequency radiation emanating from your computer.

DefenderShield and Safesleeve are two of the more well known manufacturers of these cases.

Click the Amazon link below to see other alternatives.

~ $85 – $95

(This model, the DefenderShield Tablet Shield, at last check.)

06

EMF Radiation Protection Blankets

Most people sit in chairs or on the couch with their laptops resting on their laps.  Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of close proximity EMF exposure.

The safest solution, by far, is to use a computer at desk or table with a wired mouse and keyboard and a wired internet connection.

If you’re going to occasionally use a laptop on your laptop, an EMF laptop shield will reduce your exposure to AC magnetic fields, AC electric fields and radio frequency radiation emanating from your computer.

DefenderShield and Safesleeve are two of the more well known manufacturers of these cases.

Click the Amazon link below to see other alternatives.

~ $85 – $95

(This model, the DefenderShield Tablet Shield, at last check.)

EMF Protection in the Office

People spend a lot of time at their desks and in front of their computers. The most common computer and router setups subject the users to an ever increasing amount of EMF exposure.

By making some easy hardware changes and upgrades this EMF exposure can be reduced substantially.

Read through each product section to view how each can contribute to lower EMF levels.

01

Wired Keyboards

Wireless keyboards connect via Bluetooth and inundate you with radio frequency radiation throughout your time on the computer.

By utilizing a wired keyboard, you can sidestep that exposure.

 

$14

(At last check)

02

Corded Mouse

A wireless mouse uses bluetooth to communicate with your laptop or desktop computer. To prevent this RF field exposure, use a wired mouse instead.

If you’d like to go further and really prevent your exposure, LessEMF has some old-school “ball-roller” type corded mice that will have next to no EMF emissions. Click on their company’s link below to order those.

$7-$15

(At last check)

03

Router Signal Tamer

This is a pouch that you place over your router to prevent it from radiating 90-95% of its normal radio frequency levels.

We obviously recommend that you hard wire your home and don’t use a WiFi router at all, but you may have to compromise if a spouse refuses or if you’re locked into using wireless home security systems. In that case the Signal Tamer or the WaveCage below are good options for reducing your RF exposure.

$60

(At last check)

04

WaveCage or Router Guard

As mentioned above, the best thing to do is to remove your wireless router entirely.

If you can’t or unable to do that, it would be a smart choice to block some of the RF radiation coming from the router. Both the WaveCage and the WiFi Router Guard can achieve a reduction in this exposure.

$68

(At last check)

05

USB Grounding Cord

Many laptop computers simply have a two prong plug and are ungrounded.

An ungrounded computer means the user is being subjected to unnecessary AC electric fields.

This type of USB grounding cord will ground your computer and lower your electric field exposure.

This assumes that the system ground in your outlet and home is connected properly. Learn how to test the ground in your outlet (coming soon).

$9 – $30

(At last check)

06

USB-to-Ethernet adapter

Many newer laptop models no longer have an ethernet port to plug into.

To remedy this, you’ll need a USB-to-Ethernet connector.  This is an easy way to utilize a hard-wired internet connection and keep the wireless router in the closet collecting dust, where it belongs.

Some, laptops utilize USB C connections (Macbooks and some PC laptops), so you may need to purchase a USB to USB C connector, as well.

$14

(At last check)

07

Shielded Ethernet Cable

Unfortunately, regular ethernet cable can produce both electric fields and radio frequency fields.

You can help mitigate this risk by using shielded network cables.

Regular ethernet cable can also be grounded using grounding clips.

~ $16

(At last check)

House-wide and Bedroom EMF Protection

If you ask Building Biologists or Electro-Magnetic Radiation Specialists, they will tell you to focus your mitigation efforts on bedrooms and other commonly frequented parts of the home where family members spend the most time.

The idea being that you provide areas of respite from man-made EMFs. This is particularly important for bedrooms due to the incredibly important restorative powers of sleep.

Each of the following products can reduce or simplify the reduction of EMF exposure.

01

EMF Shielded
Bed Canopies

You can be hyper-diligent about removing or limiting your WiFi, bluetooth, and cell phone exposure, but there will be circumstances where your bedroom’s radio frequency levels will be elevated solely due to outside sources such as cell phone towers and neighbors’ wifi routers.

In these circumstances, a RF blocking bed canopy may be your best bet.  We recommend talking with an EMF specialist or contacting Safe Living Technologies directly and talking with their helpful customer service reps to figure out which solution would be best for you.

Price Varies with Bed Size

(When ordering from the
Safe Living Technologies website, use the code
DIYEMF to receive 5% off your order).

02

RF Shielding Fabrics

These fabrics have a multitude of uses. For example the fabrics can be used for window screens, incorporated into coats and other clothing, or used for makeshift router covers or canopies while on the road.

These are sold by the lineal foot or meter.  We recommend talking with an EMF specialist or contacting Safe Living Technologies directly and talking with their helpful customer service reps to figure out which shielding fabric would be best for you and your desired application.

Price Varies

(When ordering from the
Safe Living Technologies website, use the code
DIYEMF to receive 5% off your order).

03

Demand Switch

When an electric circuit is energized it will produce AC electric fields throughout. Click here to learn more about AC electric fields.

To prevent these electric fields, some people will flip the breakers for their bedrooms at night after determining the associated electrical circuits (we don’t recommend this without having a certified electrician examine your breaker box and determine that it and the breakers are in good working condition).

An alternative to this is to have an electrician install a demand switch. After installation you can shut the circuits on and off with the click of a brief RF remote. Each of these can control 4 circuits.

To learn more about this option we recommend talking with an EMF specialist or contacting Safe Living Technologies directly and talking with their helpful customer service reps to figure out the best configuration for your home.

$339

(When ordering from the
Safe Living Technologies website, use the code
DIYEMF to receive 5% off your order).

04

Window Shielding Film

This is used to shield your windows from radio frequency exposure. Click here to learn more about radio frequency fields.

This can be especially helpful if you live or work in close proximity to cell phone towers or other communications installations.

To learn more about this shielding film we recommend talking with an EMF specialist or contacting Safe Living Technologies directly and talking with their helpful customer service reps to figure out the best configuration for your home.

Price Varies

(When ordering from the
Safe Living Technologies website, use the code
DIYEMF to receive 5% off your order).

05

RF Shielding Paint

RF paint, such as YShield, is used to mitigate exposure to radio frequency fields and AC electric fields, if installed properly.

This is used primarily to mitigate external RF sources like adjacent cell phone towers and the neighbor’s WiFi router.

To learn more about YShield or other shielding paint options we recommend talking with an EMF specialist or contacting Safe Living Technologies directly. SLT has very helpful customer service reps that can help you figure out type and volume of paint required for your project.

Price Varies

(When ordering from the
Safe Living Technologies website, use the code
DIYEMF to receive 5% off your order).

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