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Substations, cell phone bases no threat to health

PUBLIC concern over electromagnetic radiation from transformer substations and cell phone communication bases is unwarranted, Shanghai environmental authorities said during an educational campaign yesterday.

Safety is guaranteed by ongoing monitoring, new technology and stricter standards on construction of such facilities than in many developed countries, they said.

Many transformer substations are built underground, posing virtually no impact to their surroundings, and the upcoming era of 4G networks will include new technology that will be even safer, the authorities said.

The campaign suggested ways to decrease levels of electromagnetic radiation in daily life, such as standing far away from a microwave when it is working and drying wet hair as much as possible with towels to minimize electric dryer use.

When using cell phones, users were advised not to hold the phone to the ear until a call is successfully connected and avoid keeping phones close while sleeping such as under the pillow.

Some folk remedies being used to guard against radiation do no good, they said.

They include such practices as taking iodine tablets, buying anti-magnetic mobile phone pastes and also placing cacti near computers.


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