Did you know that nearly 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone, and that 12 percent rely on their smartphones for everyday Internet access? As smartphone use continues to increase in the U.S., the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) last month issued its guidance for individuals and families who wish to decrease their exposure to the radio frequency energy emitted from cell phones. Cell phones emit radio frequency energy when they send and receive signals to and from cell towers, and some scientists and public health officials believe this energy may impact human health.
The new CDPH guidance includes practical steps both adults and children could take to reduce exposure to radio frequency energy from cell phones. That includes:
- Keeping the phone away from the body
- Reducing cell phone use when the signal is weak
- Reducing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
- Keeping the phone away from the bed at night
- Removing headsets when not on a call
- Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure.