Mobile phone antennas, NBN towers and other communications antennas emit high frequency radio frequency (wireless) radiation. This radiation is similar to that emitted by mobile phones and, though lower power, is radiated for much longer - up to 24 hours a day.
Radio frequency radiation has been associated with a number of harmful effects - ranging from brain tumours to oxidative stress, genetic damage, hormonal changes and changes to neurotransmitters, memory, learning and behaviour.
Some studies have found that people more exposed to radiation from mobile phone base stations experience uncomfortable symptoms - such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, sleep problems, concentration problems, depression and loss of libido. These effects have been found at levels many hundreds of times lower than levels approved by international guidelines and standards.
For more information about phone towers, see our article 'Mobile Phone Towers, The Price of Connectivity'.
In early 2012, a Senate Inquiry was held to consider changes to telecommunications legislation proposed by Mr Andrew Wilkie MP. EMR Australia's submission to the inquiry can be found here: Senate Inquiry into Telecom Amendment '12.
1: Find out your exposure
If you're concerned about radiation from mobile phone towers, be aware that it's the amount of radiation you're exposed to rather than the proximity of the base stations that's important. The only way you can determine this is by measuring your exposure. To do this you can:
2: Shield phone tower radiation
You can shield against the radiation from wireless base stations or NBN transmitters with our shielding paints, fabrics and window film which block over 99% of radiation entering your home or workplace.
3: Buy a safe home
If you’re buying a new home, you can find out how much radiation from mobile phone towers and other wireless sources is present. Hire our Home Test Kit for measuring wireless radiation.
4: Find out more
'Wireless-wise Families', by Lyn McLean,
will show you why and how to keep your family safe from wireless radiation.
Written by Lyn Mclean, The Force will provide you with information about mobile phone towers, how they operate, how to protect yourself, studies that have found evidence of harm, international standards, precautions other countries are applying in and more.
5: Facing an application for a proposed new phone tower?
If you received a notification about a proposed new mobile phone base station in your area you may be wondering what to do. See our free Telecommunications Kit for Communities for a clear, step-by-step guide about what you can do and the options available to you.
Beware: products that claim to ‘harmonise’ phone tower radiation do not reduce the radio frequency signal which is still present and measurable!
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