Director, Center for Family and Community Health
University of California, Berkeley
- Avoid holding your cell phone or cordless phone near your head or body during phone calls. Use your speakerphone, text, or use a wired headset.
- Limit your conversations.
- Do not carry your cell phone in your pocket, in your bra, or close to your body whenever it is powered on. Especially keep the phone away from your head and reproductive organs.
- Turn off cell phones and other wireless devices when not in use or switch to Airplane Mode. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use.
- Do not use a wireless tablet or laptop in your lap.
- When the signal is poor, your wireless devices emit more radiation so avoid use when surrounded by metal such as in an elevator, or while travelling in automobiles, buses, trains or aircraft.
- Use a wired, land line phone whenever possible. Forward cell phone calls to your landline and check on them when you get home.
- At night (and at other times when not in use), turn off your Wi-Fi router and other wireless devices.
- If possible, use hardwired Internet connections.
- Do not keep a cell phone near your bed unless it is in Airplane Mode or powered off.
- Reduce children’s exposure to wireless radiation. Discourage their use of wireless devices and use hardwired networks where possible. Turn off Wi-Fi on devices used by kids. Campaign with other parents to use hardwired networks in schools to provide Internet access. Teach children to use wireless technology safely.
- If you are pregnant or planning for a baby be especially careful about your exposure as there is evidence for reproductive health effects and impaired fertility.
- Limit the time you spend in places where many people are using cell phones in close proximity to each another.
- If you think you have electromagnetic hypersensitivity, keep a diary of your exposures and your symptoms and check for correlation. Discuss this with your doctor or healthcare provider.
- Express concerns you have about electromagnetic radiation to your elected representatives and ask them to adopt policies to make wireless technology safer. Encourage them to fund education and research on electromagnetic radiation and health through a modest fee on mobile device subscriptions (e.g. a nickel a month).