EMF Radiation from living close to power lines
updated May 20, 2021
Electrical poles and high voltage transmission power lines are part of life. But let’s look a little closer. Are you considering buying a home near power lines?
What is a safe distance from power lines?
Studies have indicated that living close to high voltage power lines & power transmission networks can cause cancer and a host of other health issues.
We’re EMF consultants. We get a lot of questions about whether it’s safe to buy a home near high voltage power lines. How far away must you be to be safe?
You should be concerned about living near or buying a home near power lines. The risks to health are far too great, particularly for children. There is no way to tell you how far the power lines should be. The only way to know is for us to come out and take direct measurements. A good rule-of-thumb is that if you can see the power lines from the home, it is worth calling us in to do the measurements. We’ve been called upon countless times to measure the electrical and magnetic readings near power lines and have helped potential home owners avoid health burdens that could compound over many years. The only way to know for sure is to have us test the readings.
You should have magnetic readings below 0.75 mG (and ideally below 0.2) and electric readings less than 5 V/m (ideally less than 1) in our professional opinion. It should be understood that there are many nuances to doing the measurements properly and understanding the complexities of the big picture. It might be best to have a professional come out to do the readings or buy the 3030b meter we mention above and engage us to do a remote inspection for you by telephone. Then you can know for sure.
Professor Henshaw, a physicist with the University of Bristol, found that if a person spent 10 per cent of his time close to power lines, he would be subjected to up to twice the acceptable level of radioactivity. His study linked power lines to leukaemia. Henshaw says they also cause skin cancer, lung cancer, depression and 60 suicides a year.
In other research from Oxford University, it was discovered that children who had lived within 200 meters of high voltage lines at birth had a 70% higher risk of leukaemia than those 600 meters or more away.
So, what is a safe distance from power lines? Have us come and measure the magnetic and electrical radiation near the power lines you’re concerned about.