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If your’e familiar with mobile tower radiation – and the fact that it exists – you’re probably wondering what a safe distance would be.
We dig into that today and discuss different scenarios.
Plus, what you can do if you realize you’re too close.
Why Is Mobile Tower Radiation a Concern?
Cell towers are built in order to boost the signal reception of our phones while also facilitating different kinds of wireless communication.
Unfortunately, having a strong signal and good reception comes at the cost of radiation.
And the closer you are to the source – the cell tower – the higher your radiation exposure.
Several countries have already implemented measures to keep cell towers away from residential areas, schools, hospitals, and recreational grounds.
The U.S. is a little slower to act…it is big money after all.
(dear reader, I just practiced immense self-control and spared you from an hour’s long rant about government profiting off of frequencies…you’re welcome haha)
Anyways, the precautions taken by other countries were because of the possible effects that cell tower radiation has on the human body.
And research continues to expand on such effects every year.
To date, researchers have found a link to radiation and significant changes in an organism’s health.
For example, one study revealed that dairy cows living near cell towers tend to produce less milk:
When they were relocated to an area far from radiation sources, their milk yield went back to normal within days.
However, upon placing them in the area near cell towers once more, their milk production declined again.
Studies have also been conducted on humans.
There was one conducted in 2007, which found that people who live near active cell towers had low levels of melatonin and serotonin.
That’s a big deal because those hormones are intricately involved in the immune system, mood stabilization, and sleep regulation.
The experiment was done before and after cell towers were activated.
Results showed that before activating the cell towers, the participants had normal hormone levels.
Other studies gathered data from various people living at different distances from the cell towers.
To be specific, a total of 530 participants with 260 women and 270 men were studied.
The goal was to better understand the relationship between their distance from cell towers and complaints of physical discomfort.
In the end, the results showed that those who lived near the base stations of cell towers experienced more frequent and intense bouts of fatigue and headaches.
Examples of Symptoms Reported Relative to Their Distance from Cell Towers
The most important thing to remember here is that any potential side effects you feel will be directly related to how close or how far you are from a mobile tower.
I don’t want to keep you here alllll day, so below, I’ve summarized just a few reports to give you an example of what’s possible.
In relation to cell towers, they are discussed from the farthest distance to the closest:
Within 400 meters
A German study conducted in 2004 found that people living closer to cellular transmission sites have a higher risk of developing certain cancers.
The participants who were later found to be ill lived 400 meters away from a cell tower that had been operating for 10 years.
And those who lived closest, developed cancer cases more rapidly.
In general, people who lived further from the tower got sick 8 years later than those closer to the site.
Another study in Germany, this time conducted in 2009, also collected data from people living 400 meters away from the cell towers.
These respondents experienced physical discomforts such as skin infections, irritations, sleep problems, and difficulty seeing and hearing.
Later tests discovered that they also had complications related to their cardiovascular systems, gastrointestinal tracts, and hormones.
Within 365 meters
In 2007, a study was conducted in the UK that confirmed other studies indicating the relationship between mobile tower radiation and the development of cancer.
The study mentions that people who lived within a radius of 400 yards (or 365 meters) experienced high instances of brain hemorrhage, high blood pressure, and cancer.
Researchers even found that one street ALONE had 31 cases of cancer.
More than that, 30 staff members from a nearby school also developed tumors and other health issues.
Within 300 meters
A survey was conducted in areas of France to understand the impact of living within the vicinity of cellular towers.
Those who had been consulted with reported several side effects ranging from fatigue and sleep disorders to migraines, increased irritability, and dizziness.
They also experienced:
- skin infections
- cardiovascular problems
- difficulty remembering
- difficulty concentrating on the task at hand
Within 50 and 150 meters
Out of all the distances recorded, this would be the closest.
A study conducted in 2003 in Spain looked at the experiences of exposed individuals.
Results revealed that people within a 50 and 150-meter radius felt symptoms like:
- Increased irritability
- Sleep disorders
More than that, they found it difficult to concentrate and have an appetite for meals.
Overall, they reported extreme discomfort.
So the shortest distance we looked at was 50 meters. Now imagine the consequences of cell towers actually on your property…or worse…on the building itself (like condos and office complexes). It’s sad.
You can read more about the many symptoms associated with towers here.
Aspects to Consider When Analyzing Your Exposure Level
If you’re hearing this information for the first time, it can be a little a lot unsettling.
But don’t freak out…
Not everyone is at risk.
Remember, distance is the key here.
In fact, the field strength is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source.
All that sciency formula means is that your radiation exposure decreases SIGNIFICANTLY with distance.
While that’s the main determiner, here are a few more things that impact how much you’re affected – if any – by nearby mobile towers:
1. How Many Antennas There Are
Look at the surroundings of your living and work area – do you see any antennas?
If so, you need to determine how many are pointing in your direction.
There’s a greater risk of higher levels of radiation if more antennas are facing you.
To give you an idea of this aspect’s significance:
In India, it’s prohibited by the Department of Telecom that any building is put in front of an antenna.
They even gave an advisory on the safe distance away from antennas where infrastructures can be safely built.
Not all antennas are extremely dangerous, but in order to determine which ones are, it is also important to know their type and what frequency they radiate.
That’s beyond the scope of this article, and I recommend booking an EMF consultation for additional help.
But if you’re able to identify the type on your own, just remember that the higher the frequency of the antenna, the higher amount of energy it will radiate.
2. Possible Barriers
If you can’t see any cell towers from your home, that’s good news!
Because the intensity of the radiation can drop when it encounters natural and artificial barriers.
That includes things like dense, wooded areas.
However, you still have to look out for antennas that may be tilted towards your direction as they may lead to concentrated levels of radiation in your area.
What Is a Safe Distance from a Cell Tower?
The best thing to do as a primary safety measure is to check your area for nearby cell sites.
Remember that some cell towers are in unexpected places and are disguised as smaller units.
Once you find them, use a map to accurately determine the distance of these cell towers from places where you live and work.
If you find mobile towers located a minimum of 400 meters away, you are most likely safe.
Anything closer than 400 meters is cause for additional investigation, perhaps with an EMF consultant.
I also recommend buying a meter so you can see exactly what kind of exposure you’re dealing with.
Tips for Shielding Your Home if You Live Near a Cell Tower
As a general rule, you don’t want to be able to see a cell tower from your home.
If you can, you need to take proactive measures to shield yourself.
Here are some ways you can do that:R
Invest in an EMF survey or an RF gauss meter for your home.
This can help indicate your general radiation exposure and identify “hot spots.”R
Avoid using other EMF-emitting devices
as the intensity of your radiation risk is cumulative.R
Don’t spend a lot of time in places where you can see a cell site from a window.
If you can’t get away, at least move to the farthest location possible – even if it’s just across the room – where there may be barriers that can decrease your exposure.R
Use shielding materials that can help reduce the radiation received from cell towers.
I recommend things like metallic mesh curtains, window films, and EMF blocking paint.
You can read about some more in-depth ways to block cell tower radiation here.
I hope this information helps you better protect yourself from mobile tower radiation by keeping a safe distance.
Ask any questions you have below, and I’ll answer as soon as I can!
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29 thoughts on “Safe Distances from Mobile Towers”
Today they put a 4g device right in front of my home. I am so scared, since it is so close is there anything I can do that will help? I can not afford to move right now. I would say it is about 70 feet from my window.
I’m sorry to hear that. I know it’s frustrating. I’ll give the same advice to you that I gave to another reader on a different post in a similar situation.
You basically have 2 options:
– Shield your house (this would involve shielded paint and fabrics for curtains)
– Shield yourself (this would involve clothing and bed canopies)
Even though shielded clothing costs more than regular clothes and bed canopies are pricey, they are far more budget-friendly than painting an entire house and buying shielded fabric/curtains for all your windows. So that’s the route I personally do and recommend. But it’s your choice 🙂
As a cheaper alternative to a bed canopy, I like this BlocBag. Sleep is THE most important time to shield your body from EMF. Most of us sleep 8-9 hours a night in our homes. So that’s 8-9 hours straight of EMF saturation – RF (radiofrequency) radiation in your case now living so close to a cell tower.
Are line of site internet towers that are used for rural areas the same as cell towers as far as effects and harm? This is not a cell tower, but is used for line of site internet.
Would the effects and distances be the same for it?
Yes, line of site internet towers are just as much of a risk because of its wireless signals. As far as a safe distance though, I haven’t tested a line of site tower myself with a meter, so I can’t say for sure. However, I would expect the signal strength to be less than a cell tower. So potentially (and hypothetically), a home that’s 300 meters from a line-of-site tower would be less harmfully affected than a home that’s 300 meters from a cell tower.
Hi maam, the Dito cellular tower or internet tower here in the Philippines told us that 100 meters from the towers are safe and can’t harm us. They also said they have anti radiation thing. We live close by it and we use phones and wifi everyday. Please englighten further.
The FCC is’bought and paid for’ by the telecommunications industry. So their so-called safety standards can’t be trusted, and they’re way off.
I’d be interested to hear more about their “anti radiation thing” if you can find more info about it. I don’t know of any major cell towers that have effective anti-radiation devices on them because more than likely it would interfere too much with its signal.
I own a building with rooftop terraces (6th floor) and the cell phone folks have just installed antennas directly on the roof above the terrace, the bottom of the antenna is 3 feet from the top of the terrace door…aimed out over the terrace. They’ve also mounted on the top floor parapet down from the roof an antenna sandwiched between two resident windows.
1. Is there a guide on how the antenna broadcast spreads out per foot from the antenna. I have to believe the terrace is now a radiation health hazard.
2. Is there a guide to antennas near resident windows (I assume the RF can make it through the window glass). Again, another health hazard.
This guide may be helpful – https://www.brightsandz.co/radiation-risks-cell-tower-building-roof/
As for your 2nd question, yes, RF leaks right through windows. They make shielded fabric for curtains and window screens that can help with that.
Studying of Faraday is helpful.
We just had dinner at a restaurant and then noticed a giant cell phone tower literally in their backyard :-(. This has totally freaked me out because we have a toddler with us and I babe done all I can to not let her be exposed to this stuff. We spend about an hour and half there and now I’m totally worried. Do you know how much exposure one can get in that much time?
I wouldn’t be too concerned. EMF radiation – and its harmful effects on the body – is cumulative. It’s not like ionizing radiation where you can get “zapped” once and experience immediate and long-term effects.
That very short amount of exposure is nothing to worry about. It’s the people who live and/or work near cell towers that have something to be concerned about.
I hope that helps put your mama heart at ease!
I live appx 480 meters from one im very worried, ive lived here for 8 years already but i never knew about cellphone towers until now .. have i damaged my body all this time.. im very worried i have 2 small kids.. its ruining my life now . As i suffer from health anxiety as well
I have two wifi routers with total 6 antennas in my bedroom, it’s been 3 years I have been using them for 24/7.
But nowadays I turned them off at night because I am going through depression, remembering problem, mood problem, etc.
What do you suggest for me.
At the very least, I would get those wifi routers out of your bedroom ASAP and continue turning them off when not in use.
The best case scenario would be to get rid of them entirely, switch to a wired router, and go wired with all your connections (via ethernet cable).
Hello, I moved into a house with a cell phone tower right across the street from me.(possibly 150feet away) I never thought it was a big deal untill I keep reading stuff. Could I possibly still be safe? I don’t want to move.
There are certainly things you can do to help lower your exposure. Moving isn’t always necessary. Check out this article for tips:
What are your thoughts on shungite? I’ve invested in pyramids and jewelry in hopes it helps neutralize. Also… this article is about cell towers. When 5G came out do these same rules apply? I know it’s worse but not sure the comparison!
I like shungite as part of an overall protection strategy, but it is not sufficient as a standalone. I have an article about it here. You’re far better off actually shielding the sources with things that deflect the radiation away from you or decrease it significantly like shielded fabrics and cages.
From what we know as of now, the same shielding solutions for 4G work for 5G but may require “doubling up.” For instance, making a bed canopy with 2 layers of shielded fabric instead of 1.
Useful info, thank you! Started research as our building has 2 bunches of antenna sets. We can’t see them, but I’m afraid they’re too close… We’re on 5th floor, antennas are on 6th floor’s roof, on the corner of the building. Closest is about 12-15 meters from our windows (not above our rooms), second bunch is on another side, behind the corner. Looks like both are facing towards the streets. Should we do something, what would you suggest?
Yes, that’s way too close for comfort. For your own research, here’s a database that’s collected health effects of cell towers broken down by distances – https://mdsafetech.org/cell-tower-health-effects/
Unfortunately, you’re well within the range stated in the above studies.
I recommend sleeping in a shielded bed canopy. They’re pricey, but it’s the fastest, easiest, most effective solution. There is no other protection strategy that proves 99.8% protection for 7-8 hours a day (or ever how long you sleep).
I recently moved into my new home and there is a line of sight 3G-4GX-5G cell tower 515 metres away. I have an outdoor cat too so I was wondering, is this a safe distance and I shouldn’t worry too much or do I need to worry and start shielding etc…. Im frightened for the health and safety of my family and outdoor cat..’
500 meter is the closest you want to be, if possible. So you’re just outside that, but the concern is that it’s line of sight, so no barriers for the waves to pass through and decrease. The only way to know if your exposure levels are safe is to get a meter and measure. I recommend the Trifield TF2.
Hi I’m based in cape town and I have at least 5 cell towers under 500m. My main concern is that there is a cell tower 30m from my house and another cell tower 145m from my house. I have 5g routers. I have read that cell towers increase cancer risk by 121 times. I refuse to spend money on sheilding myself. Am I allowed to destroy it. What legal advantages do I have because surely planting a cell tower on the pavement in front of my neighbours garage is no allowed. Surely there must be some legal limit if there is can you please provide me a source of this law as I have looked everywhere. Thanks. Kind regards Jamie
I wish there was a way to have the cell tower removed. They should never be close to residential areas. I worry about a cell tower being 100 to 150 feet away from my sons house. They are having infertility issues which can be caused by this radiation from the cell tower.
Thanks Jordan, great info here. We’re looking to purchase a home and I just spotted two cell phone towers in the background of two different homes. This led me to your site to determine safe distances. I”m now looking to locate the best source on there internet that lists ALL of the up to date cell tower locations so as to avoid them and keep my family safe by selecting the right location for our move, AWAY from towers. Do you have a link you’d recommend or share for this?
this is the notice I”m seeing on the city-data.com site:
Note: Not all towers must be registered in the FCC database, so the above map may not list all the towers in the area.
Read more: https://www.city-data.com/towers/cell-Indianapolis-Indiana2.html
It can be buggy sometimes, but the site I use is https://www.antennasearch.com/
There was an Environmental Specialist job opening at a state DNR office building in the nearby regional city.
It has a cell tower with several (like 17) total antennae, most of them obviously of the size and form to be cell tower antennae.
For the interest of it I called the person listed in the job post as the contact person for more info about the job. Emailing and asking if the building was shielded resulted in being ignored and never contacted back.
So there’s no way I would ever apply for that job.
This shows the Department of Natural Resources level of integrity and courage in this state and in that office building. They haven’t cared about their employees, they don’t want to upset the elected, appointed, or hired superiors, are cowards in a difficult situation, and the state is sooner or later in deep in terms of liability for that location and probably everywhere else it has office buildings.
There was a job I considered just today, a craft/hobby store moved to a new location in an old K-Mart building. First looking at the adjacent office building with about 6 obvious cell tower antennae on every corner of it and some more on top, I ruled that job out. Driving around the corner to the front of the old K-Mart building, there was an ambulance there parked at the entrance.
“So much for that job,” and “you really would need that employer’s ‘health insurance’ working there. By the way, the antennae studded building used to have an engineering firm in it, that moved after several years. That place had some job openings years back that I ignored due to the building’s radiation problem.
This is long feel free to edit as you wish.
At least you are informed enough to make such decisions and know to avoid such situations. Most people aren’t 🙁
Hi, Jordan. I noticed from the data you showed within 50 to 150 meters, there was no mention of cancer cases. Does this mean there is a low risk if you are in the shadow area? From what I have read, the shadow area (living less than 50 meters under the cell tower) exposes people to less radiation. Is this true? Thanks.