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All wireless devices have manufacturers warnings stating a specific distance the device should be from your body. This information is literally buried in the fine print of cell phone and wifi device manuals. Read all the fine print warnings at the end of this page.
Q: Why the distance?
A: This distance supposedly stops you (the user) from getting radiation at levels that exceed the FCC radiation limits. These devices are radiation tested at that distance!!!! They are NOT tested in the way they are normally used such as when you place the cell phone in your pocket or your laptop on your lap.
Q: What happens if you use the device closer than that distance?
A: You may get radiation at levels higher than government allowable levels. in other words you get exposed to radiation that could have thermal - heating- impacts. For example, the FCC sets limits for laptops and tablets that are tested 20 cm or about 8 inches away from the body. That is why some people get laptop burns when they use their laptop on their lap.
Q: If I follow these distance will I be safe?
A: No. These distances are set for FCC limit that apply to a 220 pound male for 30 minutes. As we describe HERE, the limits are two decades old and do not apply to children. They also do not protect us from the non thermal effects of this radiation. We really need to keep far more distance!
Q: So what should I do?
A: You can be aware that your device emits microwave radiation . Keep as much of a distance as possible and use cords to connect whenever possible. Learn More.
Q: Why don’t I know this?
A: The instructions are deep in the manual. Many Right-to-Know efforts have been underway for years that would bring these warnings to the front so that the consumer can see them. Please learn more about these incredible efforts in US Cities and States.
“Keep the BlackBerry device at least 0.59 in. (15 mm) from your body (including the abdomen of pregnant women and the lower abdomen of teenagers) when the BlackBerry device is turned on and connected to the wireless network.”
”to be sure that human exposure to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: Orient the device in portrait mode with the Home button at the bottom of the display, or in landscape mode with the cellular antenna away from your body or other objects.”
“Usage precautions during 3G connection : Keep safe distance from pregnant women’s stomach or from lower stomach of teenagers. Body worn operation: Important safety information regarding radiofrequency radiation (RF) exposure.To ensure compliance with RF exposure guidelines the Notebook PC must be used with a minimum of 20.8 cm antenna separation from the body.”
To comply with IC RF exposure compliance requirements, the antenna used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
" To be sure that human exposure does not exceed the FCC guidelines, always follow these instructions... keep iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases, belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8) inch separation between the iPhone and the body." To view the information on your iPhone go to Settings > General > About > Legal > RF Exposure.
“Caution: Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation: The device shall be used in such a manner that the potential for human contact normal operation is minimized. This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20cm between the radiator and your body.”
“In order to avoid the possibility of exceeding the FCC radio frequency exposure limits, human proximity to the antenna shall not be less than 20 cm (8 inches) during normal operation.”
Is your printer at your desk close to your body?