What Is a High EMF Reading?

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Of all the places you can feel safe, it’s your home. 

But is it really, considering your appliances can be the source of dangerous electromagnetic fields? 

Better known as EMF, electromagnetic fields are a source of radiation that can be emitted by phones, Bluetooth devices, WiFi routers, and other electrical equipment. 

When absorbed by the body, this type of radiation can lead to various health complications.

While this information can be alarming, the good news is that we can do something about it. 

The critical steps to prevention start with understanding how EMF is measured and what levels are unsafe. 


Get a self-paced, step-by-step path to less EMF in your life—without weighing you down with complicated terminology & information overload.

So today, we’ll show you how to understand your EMF readings and how you can determine the danger zones in your home.

EMF Is Measured in What Units?

In the United States, the unit of measurement for EMF is in Milligauss (mG). 

But when you’re measuring EMF radiation, you have to consider its frequency and strength, too. 

Determining the EMF frequency can tell you what the source of radiation is. Frequency is measured in hertz (Hz) and can be used to assess whether your home’s wiring contains dirty electricity. 

Strength, as it concerns you and your exposure level, is largely based on your proximity to the source and which type of radiation you are exposed to. 

When talking about magnetic field strength, the measurement is in milligauss (mG), but for electric field radiation, it is commonly read in volts per meter (V/m).

Readings That Are Considered High

Knowing how to measure EMF radiation around your home should be a top priority. 

But it’s equally important to understand which readings are cause for concern. 

When looking at EMF readings, you need to be aware of the 3 main categories to take note of –  magnetic, electric, and radiofrequency radiation.


While safety guidelines from various companies differ in their understanding of high EMF readings, the safest measurement to consider is below 1 mG. 

If you perform readings in your home, you may find measurements between .4 mG to 1 mG. 

This is normal and safe, considering that these spaces are where you spend most of your time. 

However, if you reside in an apartment complex, the chances are that your readings will be way higher.

The 1 mG limit may be extremely far from the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection or ICNIRP, which advises that the maximum exposure limit is 2000 mG. 

But that “safety limit” is astronomical when you consider the research that’s been done showing damagin at much lower levels. 

Another important thing to note is that you will find EMF readings spike when you put the meter close to electronics. 

When it comes to exposure and safety limits, distance is key. 

That means you should make sure you limit electronic use in areas like your bedroom and living room since that’s more than likely where you spend most of your time.

You also want to be mindful of where electronic-heavy rooms like a home office is located in relation to your bedroom (because EMFs travel through walls).


Unlike magnetic and radiofrequency fields, electric field readings are much less discussed and researched. 

Nevertheless, they still pose a threat in your home. 

In your living quarters, try to ensure measurements of electric fields stay below 10 V/m (volts per meter) since anything above that is considered dangerous. 

In some places, like Europe for example, readings above 10 V/m is still considered a normal reading, but to be safe, it’s still highly recommended that readings remain below 10 V/m.

When conducting electric field readings, measurements below 1 V/m are generally safe. 

Readings between 1 to 5 volts per meter deserve a closer look to see if changes can be made to lower them.

Though this range doesn’t point to imminent danger, electro sensitive people can still be affected. 

Now if the reading is higher than 10 V/m, or even reaches upwards of 50 V/m, it’s time for you to act and make changes. At such a range, numerous health problems and biological abnormalities can occur over a period of time.


Lastly, we have radio frequencies that are measured in milliWatt per square meter or mW/m². 

Of all the EMF radiation types, this is the one that is most damaging and pervasive, especially since it’s present in devices you use every day. 

These include WiFi routers, cellphones, tablets, microwaves, Bluetooth, cell towers, and more. 

In terms of readings, measurements above 1 mW/m² are high and potentially dangerous.

For measurements reaching .03 to .5 mW/m², there have already been reports from people who have experienced sleep disturbances, headaches, behavioral problems, and difficulty concentrating. 

What Is a Normal EMF Reading?

Now that we understand what measurements are considered dangerous, what exactly does normal EMF refer to? 

Being around EMF-emitting devices is just a part of life for most of us. Eliminating them entirely is virtually impossible. 

However, it is still necessary to recognize these sources so that you can maintain a safe distance from them. 

Some scientists recommend that safe EMF exposure levels range from 0.5 mG to 2.5 mG. 

At this rate, your risk for electromagnetic-related disease and illness is low, although effects may vary depending on how electro-sensitive you are.

EMF Levels Chart

Below is a snapshot of recommended safe levels of EMF exposure as advised by different institutions:

FCC:   61.4 (V/m) and 1000 µW/cm²

BioInitiative Report as of 2012:   0.034 (V/m) and 0.0003 µW/cm²

Building Biology Institute for Sleeping Areas:   0.061 (V/m) and 0.001 µW/cm²

Austrian Medical Association:   0.020 or less (V/m) and 0.0001 or less  µW/cm²

Notice the substantial discrepancy between the FCC’s safety standards and that of EMF advocacy groups (which is based on updated research). 

Surprising “Danger Zones” in the Average Household

Look around your home, do you see anything that threatens your health? 

At the first look, maybe not. 

What can your old coffee maker or innocent smart TV do to you anyway? 

Well, as you’ve probably guessed by now, they can actually make quite the impact over time…and not in a good way.

It may be surprising, but the appliances and electronics that you use in your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom are possibly emitting harmful EMFs. 

Keep in mind that the recommended safety level is from .5 mG and the maximum would be 2.5 mG, but 1.0 or less is better.

Ok, so let’s look at your living room, for example:

Most households have computers, cordless phones, television sets, and vacuum cleaners that they use in the living room on a daily or weekly basis. 

Unfortunately, these devices and appliances can make your living area a danger zone. 

  • Computers, for instance, can expose you to 4-20 mG.
  • TVs can emit around 5-100 mG.
  • Vacuum cleaners can give off 230-1300 mG.

Now, how about your bedroom and bathroom? 

You might have a lamp with a fluorescent light by your bed and a hairdryer near your sink. Of course, a washing machine is essential, too, though it may be located elsewhere. 

But check this out:  

  • Lamps can emit anywhere from 400 to 4,000 mG of radiation. 
  • Hair dryers can range from 60 mG all the way up to 20,000 mG.
  • Meanwhile, washers can emit a range of 8 mG to 200 mG.

If that’s not enough to peak your interest, wait until you look at your kitchen:

  • Microwaves can expose you to 100 mG to 500 mG of radiation. 
  • Blenders measure high too, giving off 50 mG to 220 mG. 
  • Coffee makers are not so bad compared to them, but they still give off 6 mG to 29 mG. 

As you can see, we need to be vigilant about the level of radiation in our homes as high EMF readings can be found where you least expect it. 

However, let me say this:

Don’t take this information and become paranoid… 

Use this information to take action.

Complete elimination is not your goal – reduction is.

If you know what a high EMF reading is, which you do if you just read this article, then you can take the necessary steps to get any reading in your home into the safety zone. 

Use distance to your advantage. 

Eliminate unnecessary tech. 

Decrease the amount of time you use “danger” devices. 

And last but not least, implement shielding products in areas where elimination and distance aren’t feasible. 

Do those 4 things, and you’ll be well on your way to lowering those high EMF levels.

If you have the time, check out this video to learn more about measuring EMF in your home and the different meter options you have:


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44 thoughts on “What Is a High EMF Reading?”

    • My EMF reader came today and it was quite difficult to locate any guidelines on what is dangerous in terms of volts per meter. In fact the meter 2 page manual didn’t even say what V/M meant or m/g or m/T was. So anything over 10 V/m is dangerous. My Wireless Bluetooth speaker system reads 200v/m , the TV the same. Laptop about 150 v/m. The Ring solar charger out the bedroom window is 200 v/m but the Highest of all is the Amazon gen 2- 8 inch Alexa Display- speaking and listening module reads 400 v/m sitting on my nightstand. If you have any connections with manufacturers or FDA or FCC they should be informed and quite possibly a class action law suit be charged against Amazon.

  1. I am concerned about the home I currently live in. We have a large transformer very close to the house. I downloaded an EMF app and I am getting 50/55 reading.
    Is this considered high? What can I do to minimize negative health effects?

      • Have that, EMF measurements pulse in red, even get so high they freeze. No one cares. I have burning sensations on skin, in chest, vision is damaged, retinas”burned”, ears burn and ring. Have woken up with 2nd degree burns on face. Blood clots from sinus (?) have choked me. Police don’t care, electricians say not within my expertise. Jam internet and WiFi devices. Heart shows desiccation. Vicious headaches helped some by anti inflammatories but not by pain killers. What KIND of expert can I find to locate where the EMF is coming from?

    • I have a Cambridge Labs EMF Meter and moved into a new apartment. Last week the Utility Company “upgraded” apartments here with 5G Door Locks, 5G Thermostats and 5G Washer/Dryer Monitoring Device??. I opted out. All my neighbors allowed the upgrade. Turned on my EMF meter today and it immediately starts out YELLOW and BEEPING… the electric V/M jumps instantly into the 240-280 range, but the magnetic is 0. My entire apartment is in this YELLOW Electric Field Zone… no where in my apartment is it GREEN and not BEEPING. However, if I point the EMF Meter Wand at the ceiling then I begin getting Magnetic readings. And, if I stand next to my Thermostat it goes into the red zone and starts BEEPING faster. So, opting out, didn’t help me one damn bit. Because my neighbors above and below got the 5G Thermostat that EMF is leaking into my living room. Can I get satisfaction from the Utility Company or the Landlord if I complain. Aren’t there residential safety standards that they are legally required to comply with? Are my husband and I in danger?

    • Hi Cedric,

      In most cases, I’d say the benefits outweigh the risk when it comes to saunas. For peace of mind, I’d definitely get a meter to know for sure what kind of levels you’re dealing with. If they’re too high, and you just recently bought it, it may still be within the return timeframe? They make low-EMF models, which is what I have.

        • Hi Lacey.

          v/m is the measurement for electric fields and mW/m² for radio frequency. So did you only have magnetic fields measured (mG)? If only magnetic fields, then yes, you want to test the others too.

          • What’s the best way to measure the V/m? I have the Meterk and it only measures Mg. So I’m not quite understanding the conversions of meter is as to what is safe. My Redding’s are very high with the mg measurement. Even light switches are 13.0 mg. So what’s the best way to measure and understand what is safe and what needs reduction. And is there a way to “shield” the microwave that is putting off 75 mg and higher when not in use. Just standing by it turned off that’s the reading. It’s very confusing to have so many units of measure to know. Thank you.

      • I cannot see where you reference the inverse square law……in simple terms, if you measure the distance from an emf source,let’s say 4 inches and the strength of the field is measured at 4.0…..then double the distance to 8 inches, the strength goes to 1/2 squared, the field strength goes to 1.

  2. We recently purchased some land and just found out a cell tower is 200 feet away. We just purchased a Trifield TF2 reader and want to know how and what we should measure. Which readings should we take and what readings would be concerning?

    • Hi Brenda,

      Your utility company, phone, or internet company unfortunately will not care. The FCC and other organizations have set the so-called “safety” limit so high that a house filled with smart wireless tech that sits just meters away from a cell phone tower would still be considered “safe.”

      So there’s on reporting to do, just do your own shielding. Take a look around my website for tips and tutorials on that.

  3. Do you happen to have a chart/table that would give the child developmental therapy office for my daughter perspective on the dangers of their location – they are located by a small power substation and high tension power lines? The trifield meter showed 220 V/m…..I’m interested in finding out, too, just how unhealthy these levels are. Thank you very much for any help you may be able to provide.

  4. Hi Jordan, can you tell me the average electrical field measurement from a human being and should it be read in V/m? Thanks.

  5. With my meter, I keep getting peaks on the EF reading …then it jumps back to safe. The general rule for RF is that a peak is the highest limit we are susceptible at any moment and to be conscious that this will return at any time as the numbers jump down and up (safe to dangerous) intermittently.

    My question is in re to the EF however; and why when I find a low/safe frequency location … why does it suddenly jump to High/dangerous when I bump the tip of the sensor to a non metal object (jarring the device)? This logically is comprehensible when I lightly touch (not jarring) the tip of the meter to ANY metal (and the EF reading always jumps to High) as I would assume the metal acts as an antenna perhaps. But jarring the meter lightly against wood or plastic perplexes me as to why this would jump to dangerous ,,,unless it sensitizes the meter to read other High locations in the vicinity.

    I found I could stop a RF cell tower though … with aluminum window screens on my wall… but only if I am not online. Once online it come thru with a vengeance. But still in this situation of “safe RF”, the EF will jump back and forth.

  6. After rereading your article and seeing that the FCC’s safe level is anything under 61.4 v/m, considering mine are much higher, is there someone I can call or anything I can do? I am a renter.

  7. Hi Jordan
    I am very very new and inexperienced in this field. The back of my yard is a church tower with 4 different service providers with their equipment and my bed room window face the tower.
    I have in my posession a HF38B meter and settings on peak and 199.9 microWatts.
    The readings I get is 82 to 88. Time taken 3pm SA the audio sound is frighting.
    I would like your opinion and how can I protect myself. My family have not had any uncomfortable feeling from this.

  8. Hi there,

    We are soon to close escrow on a home on 7 acres, where the neighbor has high power lines. The EMF reading outdoors, all across our property, is ranging today between 1.5 – 2.9. Two questions: is that a normal outdoor reading? Will it be better indoors, or will the indoor reading be just as high? I don’t have keys but the level was below 1 when I was here the other day. And mind you, there’s no WiFi service the the house yet. Just an AC unit, a smart meter, and electric service.

    Thank you for your help!!

  9. Hi there! August of 2020 we built a home on land near power lines. I should have known better, and now after unexplained health issues since then, I decided to research EMF. I bought a detector and my home had a v/m reading at all times. As I walk inside, towards the back of my home, I get 300+ v/m reading. Out of curiosity, I went outside in my backyard towards the area of the power lines. I didn’t even leave my backyard and got readings up to 1000+v/m. I’m ready to pack up and move. Help!

  10. I moved into a new apartment (attached to a farmhouse, country NH) and my magnetic readings are reasonably high in the entire unit. Very steady no matter where I read in every room, ranging from 1.9mG in the kitchen to around 3mG in my bedroom and this is without any electronics. Also, I took readings outside of the house across the street and it’s still around 2mG even outside. What could this be? Electical? There is no cell service here either. Thanks!!

  11. Hi, I have been under constant reading every where at 500 Mg and higher.
    I use apps on the phones and every where I go all 3 phones state 500 Mg and higher.

  12. Hi my house is right behind the high extension electric wires like my back yard is 40 feet away from the pole There are no appliances/lights in the home as it is still under construction
    I have a emf meter and tested the magnetic field
    Reading outside the home (front side)
    58 v/m and 1.5 mg or .2 ur
    Inside home
    13-20v/m and 1.5.-1.7 mg or .21ut -.25 it
    Back side of home towards th electric pole
    40-700v/m(at the fence of my backward) 1.5mg -10 mg or .2-.8 ut

    What reading are concerning here and what should I do to lower these readings inside my room or in my patio

  13. Thank you for your article Jordan. We’re considering getting an infrared sauna where the electrical reading is 160 V/m (even though it is considered a low EMF sauna). Am trying to weigh the pros of heavy metal detox benefits versus the harm of the 160 V/m. Thank you.

  14. Hi, I stay behind a condo substation. I use emf reader highest is 50nT-60nT. Should I be worry? My son room is at level 2 just next to the substation, the reading from his room closest to the window is 50nT.

    • That translates to 0.5 mG, which is high but not astronomical. Ideally, you want to see 0.1 mG or less where a person sleeps. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to shield magnetic fields.

  15. You are AMAZING l live in the UK in a new build property that is literally ALIVE with ALL the bad stuff am moving! I also live in a country that, apart from a few experts in the field of EMR’s it is being totally IGNORED as they hammer us to death with all the new build homes, Cell Towers, Lampposts and a massive an increasing pylon grid – l am extremely unwell and would love to speak with you do you offer consultations outside of the US?

  16. I have bought a GQ EMF – 390 meter and electric field reading peaked at 1023 v/m. The levels are high all the time so much so my body start to shake/vibrate. I am living in a rented condo and not sure who to report these levels to. Please help.

  17. I bought and EMF reader and the electric field reads 60V/m 1mtr away from a 32´´ lcd monitor and 80V/m 1mtr away from my laptop. I mean, this are realistic, in situ readings inside a home with everyday electric and electronic devices. Should we stop living in this modernity and go into a cave or is there anything else that can be done ?

  18. Hello, I’m a security guard working on an electrical substation. I have an Electromagnetic Radiation Tester that reads 450 v/m at the location I’m at most of my shift. It is dangerous long term?


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