How close is too close when living near transmission power lines

People are often concerned when considering the purchase of a home near high voltage power lines. Could they be bad for our health?


Those looking to purchase and those living near high voltage power lines already, might ask themselves:

“What is the safe distance for living near high voltage power lines? How close is too close?”

We’ve written useful blog posts on the topic on this site already, but we also really like this take on it from the folks at GEOVITAL.

Would you like us to measure the EMF radiation coming from power lines near your home or pre-purchase? Contact us here.

Safe distance and power lines. What distance is safe?

EMF Radiation from living close to power lines

Electrical poles and power lines are part of modern life. But let’s take a closer look. Are you considering buying a home near power lines?

emf waves

Is there a safe distance from power lines?

Studies have concluded 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 and we get a lot of questions about the viability of buying 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. Be concerned if the power lines are closer than 500 metres. I have been called upon countless times to measure the electrical and magnetic readings near power lines. Results vary, but a good rule of thumb is that the zone for potential concern ranges from 150 to 500 metres. Measurements vary. Within that range, you might still have a viable home-purchase option. The only way to know for sure is to test the readings with a good EMF meter.

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 carried out at 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.

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.

We measure harmful EMF radiation near power lines and do EMF home inspections in Toronto Ontario and surrounding area.
Contact Paul Singer
Cell (905) 719-7030