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People who are trying to protect themselves and their families from the dangers of EMF are often shocked and horrified to learn that this radiation also exists due to power lines.
Unfortunately, power lines are fairly ubiquitous, so blocking their radiation as quickly and efficiently as possible is important.
Today, we’ll discuss how to block EMF radiation from nearby power lines, so you can reduce its effects on your family.
EMF Levels Near Power Lines
The upsetting fact about electric and magnetic fields produced by power lines is that it’s produced by both larger transmission lines (that span huge distances across the country) AND local lines.
These local lines wind their way through neighborhoods and across cities, taking power to everyone but also exposing everyone to dangerous EMF in the process.
Yay for modern conveniences, right?
Still, the high voltage transmission lines (the ones connected to metal towers) put out the strongest magnetic fields.
As for local lines (ones mounted to wooden poles), the greatest exposure is to homes near a transformer box as it’s the hub that all the power lines in that neighborhood or street connect to.
Unfortunately, the magnetic fields that power lines produce can’t be completely blocked and shielding a family from these damaging fields can be expensive.
But there’s still some good news:
There are steps you can take and options homeowners have to shield their families and protect themselves – without breaking the bank.
Figure Out the Strength of the EMF
The first step?
Determine the strength of the field.
Knowing what you’re dealing with makes it possible to correctly address the problem efficiently and in a cost-effective way.
Hiring a professional to measure the field is the best way to determine how bad the problem really is.
Simply seeing the distance from the line isn’t enough as some wires may be close to a home but have a very low voltage, making them safer.
Other lines, on the other hand, may be farther away but have a high voltage, making them much more dangerous.
If you’re experienced with using a gaussmeter, you can certainly measure it yourself.
Check out our complete, easy to follow guide for how to take measurements.
Now on to the good stuff…
6 Ways to Block EMF from Power Lines
1. Use EMF Paint
A fast way to protect against radiation from power lines is through the use of EMF-protective paints.
These paints, when applied to the house, do a wonderful job of blocking any electromagnetic fields that come from multiple sources, including power lines.
The great thing about this paint is that it can even block low-frequency EMF.
Since the paint is black, you would use it like a primer and paint over it in your color of choice.
Homes that are in areas with very high levels of EMF might need two coats to ensure maximum protection.
NOTE: If you go this route, it is VERY important that you do not put any EMF-emitting devices in rooms that are painted, as the fields would essential be “trapped” in the room. For this reason, I think EMF paint is best for shielding bedrooms only.
2. Do Some Landscaping
Adding bushes and trees to the property around a home not only boosts curb appeal, but it can also help reduce the impact of EMF from power lines.
Trees certainly don’t block EMF, but since radiation weakens as it passes through objects, the “shield” of limbs, trunks, and leaves can reduce its impact before it reaches your home.
Sappy trees, such as pine and cherry, are much more effective at decreasing both lower and higher field levels, making them the best choice to plant around a home.
While deciduous trees look great and do a wonderful job shielding EMF during the spring and summer, they lose their leaves in the winter, so they’re not a great year-round option.
3. Invest in Wire Mesh
While EMF paint is great, it can’t be added to windows, which are weak spots when it comes to EMF defense.
So what’s a homeowner to do?
Use wire mesh frames, of course.
They attach to the outside of the window and can easily reduce the amount of EMF that enters your home.
For best results, it’s important to look for 6mm wire mesh or something like this:
The only problem is it can block a lot of natural light. If that bothers you, you can use a slightly larger mesh like this one that allows more natural light to pass through.
4. Consider Your Home’s Appliances
Every home has multiple appliances but not all of them are the best or safest option to use around a family.
In fact, there are some appliances that not only allow EMF from local power lines to enter your home more freely, but some even create their own EMF as well.
Appliances that have grounded extension cords or shielded power cords do a great job reducing EMF.
It’s also a good idea to consider appliances that have a modern switched-mode, which helps prevent exterior EMFs from entering your home.
5. Bury Power Lines
While this is a great way to reduce EMF from power lines, it’s obviously not something you can do by yourself, so it’s a bit harder to accomplish.
However, due to the great results that people have, it’s an option to consider. Earthing power lines causes the electrical fields they produce to be absorbed by the earth.
This means that any EMF that escapes and exits the earth will be greatly reduced.
Since this option can be expensive and difficult, homeowners should contact their electric companies or city officials to see if it’s an option. If they dismiss the idea, you might want to gather some data to present and get a petition going to help nudge them in the right direction.
6. Consider Your Diet
While this is not a substitute for more proactive ways to stop or deal with EMF from overhead power lines, families need to consider their diets when they’re exposed to EMF.
Consuming certain nutrients can help negate the dangers of exposure. Working with a professional nutritional therapist is key for achieving the best results.
But some of the most effective nutrients to mitigate the effects of radiation include:
- whole food vitamin C (not just ascorbic acid)
Dealing with EMF from power lines can be very scary but facing the problem head on is the best way to ensure your family is as safe as possible.
Since EMF can extend a long way from power lines, it’s not enough to assume that distance will keep you protected. Always measure and get a concrete number to see what you’re dealing with.
Maybe it’s not as bad as you think…
But if it is, there are things you can do about it as discussed today. Start with the easiest – like maybe painting the room(s) closest to the lines or mounting window mesh – and work your way up to the more difficult solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to live next to power lines?
Several studies have shown that living next to power stations, high voltage power lines, and cell towers can increase your risk for developing certain cancers, so my opinion is no.
Do trees block EMF?
No, but they do reduce its impact as it passes through the leaves and limbs.
Do large power lines give off radiation?
Yes, they emit low to mid-frequency EMFs.
Does burying power lines reduce EMF?
If a house were to be built directly above underground cables, then no, your exposure level would still be tremendous. However, I’m pretty sure there are laws that dictate how far a home has to be away from underground power lines. Burying power lines does reduce the range of its EMF field, so theoretically yes, it would decrease how much EMF reaches your home.
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