Updated: Nov 12, 2020
We live in a world where lifestyle choices include being surrounded by a number of
technologically advanced gadgets. One does not always realize that some products emit radiation and that a few of the commonly used gadgets are on the higher side of that spectrum. Going bythe frequency of use and also the considerable amount of radiation emitted, the top three high-radiation products would be mobile phones, microwave ovens, and laptops.
Potential effects of radiation from these sources
Cell phones and laptops emit electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation. This is an extremely low
non-ionized type. However, both these products are frequently used, as well as kept in close
proximity to one’s body for a considerable number of hours every day. This can potentially
increase your risk of developing health issues like tumors, leukemia, damage to the nervous
system, etc. Researchers continue to study to effects of radiation from laptops and mobile
phones, but it is better to take suitable precautions and reduce the amount of radiation exposure
to whatever degree possible.
Microwave ovens are used at least a few times in a day, where radiation in the form of
microwaves is used to heat up food. No matter how safe the microwave oven is designed to be,
there is always the potential danger that radiation can be absorbed by the person in the room and increase health risks in the long run.
Precautions when using high-radiation products
Since we cannot do away with laptops, cell phones, and microwave ovens completely, the best
precaution to take is to limit usage and also ensure an adequate physical distance. The individual
can use a headphone instead of directly keeping the phone to the ear, use a desk and radiation
shield for laptops, and stay away from the oven when it is on, etc.