One question many NTR members and readers request that we cover is radiation levels in the home. While most of us don’t have any severe or imminent radiation threat to worry about in the average households, there’s a lot you can do to lessen your exposure, something that’s super important for families who live next to current or former nuclear power sites or installations.
Especially if you live near a nuclear power station, you are constantly being exposed to background levels of radiation. While the authorities will probably tell you that you’re not in any imminent danger, those of us who pay attention to these issues are wary enough to want to minimize any exposure.
If you live downwind of a power station, or within a reasonable radius, you should take measures to cut down on outside dust particles and dirt in your home. It can all contain traces of radioactivity which can collect in your home. Use an air purifier to reduce floating dust particles which you might breathe in. Make sure it has HEPA-grade filtration, which basically means that it catches all the tiny particles, and has been lab-tested to work well enough to help people with high sensitivity to airborne allergens like dust particles. We would also advise using a high-filter vacuum to remove particles from carpeting. Get something with a filter bag so that you can contain everything to one specific spot, and clean regularly to try and keep everything contained as much as possible. It’s actually easiest to simply buy a pet allergy vacuum, since these are designed to reduce the kinds of allergens that can also be bringing harmful radiation into your home.
It’s also essential to eliminate sources of radiation in your home itself. Nothing the average homeowner keeps around is going to put off the kind of radiation that we’re talking about from nuclear power plants, but all radiation can be harmful to some degree if you’re at constant level of exposure.
Here are some NTR guidelines for cutting down on radiation at home:
-unplug your microwave, or dispose of it altogether. Microwave radiation is extremely troubling, especially since its long-term health impacts haven’t been well-reviewed. The ACM is currently recommending that most people move away from microwave usage, and instead use a toaster or convection oven to reheat foods or cook meals. You don’t want to be eating irradiated food.
-only turn wifi and cell phone on when necessary. Wifi internet access provides an unquestionable convenience, but it also comes with a cost, since you’re constantly pumping questionable radiation into your airwaves. Since you’re at close proximity to your router when you’re in the computer room, it’s more like direct radiation than background waves.
We still love our wifi, and most current PC’s won’t work without it, since ethernet cables are generally not used any more. That’s why we think you should focus on limiting your exposure and being cognizant of when you’re leaving the router running without actually making use of the wifi. We suggest starting to turn your wifi off at night, and then gradually being more conscious of switching it off when you aren’t going to be using the web for a while. The same goes for your cell phone.
Try to set routine times of the day when you’ll check your messages and make your necessary calls, then switch your phone off it between. If you’re waiting for a call or an important text, it’s perfectly reasonable to leave your cell phone on. Just keep it away from your body, and make sure to turn it off when you’re done with it. It’s all about limiting your exposure, just as you would take the extra few steps around a smoker to avoid breathing in the toxic fumes.