Cell Phone Safety
Cancer Risk - WHO (World Health
Organization) issued a warning that cell phones can cause cancer. It is believed
that the power from the antenna causes the area around your ear to elevate in
temperature. This temperature increase is thought to be the reason behind tumors
developing. There are shielding devices that can be installed to prevent this
temperature increase from cell phones.
Flying - Switch cell phones off in planes. It could interfere with aircraft equipment.
Whether that is true or not, I sure would not want to find out at 30,000 feet.
Using a cell phone in hospitals -
Please, turn your cell phones off in hospitals. It is a fact that cell
phones interfere with unshielded medical devices. So, do the
right thing and turn them off in areas designated as such in medical
Cell phone fire danger - Turn the cell phone off while putting gas in your car. A major oil company has issued warnings to business's about
this potential danger. Some say this is an "urban legend". It was stated that static electricity caused the fires, not
cell phones. Urban legend or not, just a safety recommendation.
From the Naval Safety Center "NOTE: The General Services Administration
(GSA) has also listed drivers responsibilities on its web page. Included
is the following statement: "DO NOT use your cellular telephone when at a
gas station. Cellular phone use at gas stations or anywhere fuel is stored
is hazardous. The switches and high-powered batteries in the phone can
generate sparks that can set-off explosions. In one incident, a driver
suffered burns and his car was severely damaged when gasoline fumes
ignited an explosion while he was talking on his mobile phone near a gas
pump. All electronic devices in gas stations are protected with explosive
containment devices, while cell phones are not."
Nokia cell phone fire danger warnings -In the front of a Nokia cell phone owners manual "FOR YOUR SAFETY -Switch off while refueling".
Bottom Line - It seems to us that the chances of an explosion occurring by either
method are remote but not impossible. Just a safety tip. Unless you are dialing 911, the call can wait.
Cell phone batteries - Any type of battery can explode if damaged. Recent national news
reported that a young teenage girl was seriously injured when a cell phone
exploded in her pocket. That is probably only a one in a million chance of
that happening, just a safety tip. If any apparent damage has happened
to the battery (i.e.- dropped the phone and cracked the battery) get a new
Boats and cell phones - Do use cell phones below decks on boats. Fire danger.
Read your owners manual. It's in there. Possibility of explosive vapors buildup.
Hearing Aids - Cell phones can cause a
buzzing or whining noise in a hearing aid. Some cellular phones have been
developed to reduce this interference. Chose a cell phone with a M3/M4 rating or a
Keep cell phones at least 6 inches away from pacemakers.
Do not carry in breast pocket. Hold to ear opposite the pacemaker.
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tips, information or recommendations given on this website.