There is much controversy as to what EMF (electromagnetic field) level can be considered safe. Since the experts have not arrived at any consensus, you will have to decide for yourself. Many utility and government documents report the usual ambient level of 60-Hz magnetic field to be 0.5 mG. ("mG" stands for milliGauss. See below for an explanation of what that is.)
Therefore, any reading higher than 0.5 mG is above the 'usual' ambient exposure. Many public officials and experts, as well as the few governments that have made an effort to offer public protection, have adopted the 3 mG cut-off point. The EPA has proposed a safety standard of 1 mG. Sweden has set a maximum safety limit of 1 mG.
A "Gauss" is a common unit of measurement of magnetic field strength. A Gauss meter is an instrument which measures the strength of magnetic fields. Inside a Gauss meter, there is a coil of thin wire, typically with hundreds of turns in it. As a magnetic field radiates through the coil, it induces an electrical current, which is amplified by the circuitry inside the Gauss meter.
Avoid low-frequency (60 Hz) pulsating electromagnetic fields such as those found in electric blankets and waterbed heaters. Also, avoid close exposure to any AC/DC transformer for appliances you plug into a wall. Making a reasonable effort to avoid gross exposure to EMFs, would seem to be the right approach, here, since we all live in modern society -anyone reading this page, anyway!
2 books which I recommend, if you are interested in learning more about the possible health implications of EMFs, are:
"Cross Currents The Perils of Electropollution. The Promise of Electromedicine " by Robert 0. Becker, and "Currents of Death The Attempt to Cover Up the Threat to Your Health" by Paul Brodeur.
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