EMF & Powerlines – Are the Health and Safety Effects Worth it? A Dallas Inspector’s View
High voltage powerlines, Smart Meters, the cell phone pressed up next to your head… are the effects on your body worth the risk?
I am a professional EMF inspector who has been practicing here in the Dallas – Fort Worth area for nearly the past 20 years and I have some informed thoughts on this subject based on my extensive education, experience and research into this controversial subject.
But before you click away in either fear or skepticism, let me reassure you that my viewpoint on this subject is actually very moderate. I do not demonize the utility companies or the electrification of our society, but neither do I ignore the potential health concerns that many share or the studies that have suggested some possible risks.
I look at both the pros and the cons of having power on tap in a wide variety of locales. Think back to the turn of the century, (the other century) say about 1900. The average life expectancy of a North American was roughly 47 years – give or take depending on what region of the country, gender, etc. And in the 130 odd years since Edison switched his first electrical power plant on, the average life expectancy here in the USA has increased by at least 31 years to the age of 78 while the fields we are exposed to daily have gone up by several orders of magnitude. (I recently saw the figure of 16000 times greater)
So if power lines were so harmful, why are we living longer even while our society has become even more electrified?
Obviously, they are not immediately lethal unless you make direct contact in an unfortunate manner, nor are any consistent effects observed at moderate levels. However, I am not saying there is no effect whatsoever. But I feel that many advocates of a “gauss-less” life are missing all of the benefits that electricity brings.
Illuminated roads and buildings at night, hospitals and homes that do not operate by the far more dangerous gas lighting, air conditioning in the sweltering summer, emergency help just 3 digits away… all of these modern conveniences converge to turn survival from a struggle into something that we can do without much thought.
So why do I perform EMF inspections? Because despite these advantages, people have legitimate concerns and have a right to make informed choices about where they work, live, sleep and spend their leisure time.
I am not a fearmonger, and my goal is to translate the latest findings of science and health research into an understandable context that makes living near powerlines and cell towers less of an unknown.
More to come soon, but for additional information or a survey, feel free to browse the following information on EMF: