Letters: Smart meters produce adverse effects

Chronic exposure to radio frequency can be harmful to some individuals

I would like to share some observations from the field. As an EMF consultant, I take measurements of radio-frequency exposure levels in homes. If a wireless smart meter is attached to the exterior of a bedroom wall, peak RF exposure levels across the bed may range anywhere from 0.01 to 0.15 µW/cm2. This peak level is even lower than the average level of 2 µW/cm2 (at 20 cm in front of smart meter).

So what is the problem?At such close range to a wireless smart meter, all of a sudden, some people cannot sleep, some people develop constant headaches, and others feel dizzy. How can that be when the wireless smart meters comply with Health Canada’s limit of 600 µW/cm2? Safety Code 6 protects from acute effects, but not from chronic effects of low-level exposures.

A review on cell towers from 2009 found that adverse health effects from chronic exposures can be observed as low as 0.05 to 0.1 µW/cm2, exactly the levels found in bedrooms behind smart meters. In contrast to cell towers, the total transmission time of smart meter signals is usually no more than a few minutes per day. That does not sound like much, but the signals are being emitted every 1 to 10 minutes right now. In its latest guidelines, the EMF Working Group of the Austrian Medical Association recommends to keep peak levels of radio-frequency radiation in bedrooms below 0.001 µW/cm2, preferably below 0.0001 µW/cm2.

There is always a magnetic field associated with electric meters, whether they are analog or smart. For a good night’s sleep, keep a minimum of six feet from an electric meter. If it is a wireless smart meter, keep a minimum of 12 feet; better yet, move it away from the main residence.

We need a smarter grid for a sustainable energy future, but the wireless transmission of data is not the only option out there to accomplish this. People should at least be given a choice as to whether a wireless transmitter is attached to their home or not.

Katharina Gustavs

East Sooke

Just Posted

Sooke’s ‘Stonehenge’ gets a rocky reception

Structure intended to accommodate memorial plaques

Sooke district under fire for zoning debacle

Saseenos Veterinary Clinic may have to pay twice for rezoning

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

GoodLife marathon helps enrich lives, share stories

Seniors’ care one of many causes supported by GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Colwood square dancing open house to welcome in new dancers

“It’s therapy,” said long-time square dancer Linda Townsend

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Tragic bus crash, Pacific FC win and Terry Fox runs

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Scheer makes quick campaign stop in Comox

Conservative leader highlights tax promises early in campaign

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Most Read