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Why not encourage phone masts near schools?

Phone companies frequently place transmission masts on public buildings such as schools.  Head teachers often welcome the rental income, but parents may worry about safety.  

Although no harmful effect from electromagnetic radiation has ever been proved, their concern is understandable.  Absolute safety can never be proved. 

But do nearby phone masts really increase exposure to electromagnetic radiation?  They may not for frequent phone users.  They are exposed to vastly more radiation from the handset transmitter than from the phone mast, because the handset is so much closer. 

Since modern handsets vary their strength of transmission according to their distance from a mast the user is better off using their phone near one. 

For many frequent phone users overall electromagnetic radiation exposure is reduced if a mast is located at their school.  But I donít know how calculation works out for an average child with typical phone usage.  Does anyone?

In the meantime, if you're worried about your child's exposure to electromagnetic radiation you will do better buying them a wire earpiece and choosing a handset with low emission levels.  Click here for a list.   

 

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