California Releases Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines
Is radiation from cell phones dangerous? Although conclusive studies are lacking, some research suggests a possible association between cell phone use and an increased risk for brain tumors, infertility in men, headaches, hearing and memory loss, and sleep problems. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified radiofrequency (RF) radiation – the type emitted by cell phones – as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
Cell phone safety is becoming more of a concern, as recent studies show that about 95 percent of Americans now use the devices on a regular basis. Citing such concerns, the California Department of Public Health has released the first U.S. guidelines for reducing exposure to cell phone radiation, which include the following recommendations:
- Do not carry your cell phone in your pocket.
- Keep your cell phone at least an arm’s length away while you sleep.
- Reduce your cell phone use when the signal is weak.
- Limit your use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files.
- Remove your headset when you’re not on a call.