15 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation

person using android smartphone

These days, it is nearly impossible to avoid being exposed to wireless radio frequency radiation. It’s everywhere. In in our homes, schools and workplaces. Exposing us and our children on a daily basis. You may have heard rumours of the dangers of being exposed to this technology, and the truth is, this technology has not yet been proven to be safe. Although it is pretty hard to avoid completely, you can easily reduce your exposure.

I have noticed that there seems to be some confusion with EMF Radiation (Electro Magnetic Field Radiation) and RF Radiation (Radio Frequency Radiation). EMF Radiation refers to the magnetic fields created by our electricity, electrical wiring and appliances. RF Radiation refers to wireless radiation, used to communicate on the internet, via bluetooth, and our mobile phones communicating to the mobile phone towers.

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Health Issues Associated with Exposures to Wireless Radio Frequencies

We are yet to fully understand the impact that this technology has on our health.  What we do know is that health issues associated with exposures to wireless radio frequency radiation are beginning to be identified such as breast & brain cancer, increased infertility, genetic mutations related to autism & ADHD, & newly developed illnesses, such as Electro-Magnetic Hyper-Sensitivity.

Our children have a higher risk of brain tumours from radio frequency radiation. They have thinner skulls, their cells are dividing often, a child’s head can be similar in size to the wavelength of the radiation, plus they will be exposed to this radiation for potentially their whole lives.  Did you know that children who use mobile phones are also likely to experience memory problems, reduced attention, diminished learning and cognitive abilities, increased irritability and sleep problems? 

Until this technology is proven to be safe, (not just innocent until proven guilty as it is now) it is important to take precautionary measures and reduce our exposures as much as possible.

The most obvious, cheapest and effective way to reduce your exposure to wireless radio frequency radiation is to avoid the use of devices which emit radio frequency radiation altogether, such as your mobile telephone or your home wireless router.

However, I completely understand that this is not always possible or achievable. The second next best option is to substitute those devices with hard wired alternatives.

Again, I get that this might also not be an option for you at this time, you might be renting for example – but it is something you can start thinking about doing.   We all should.

15 Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Wireless Radio Frequency Radiation

So, whilst you are researching and looking into hardwiring your home, installing Ethernet cables, going old school and using corded phones, and hardwiring your tablet using a lightening to Ethernet adapter, I want to share with you my top 15 tips to reduce your exposure to wireless radio frequency radiation.

woman sleeping in bed near smartphone

Do not keep your mobile phone in the bedroom and definitely never keep it underneath your pillow.  Turn off your mobile telephone each night before your go to bed. If you need it on for use for an alarm, switch off the wireless and Bluetooth or switch it to airplane mode otherwise they will continue to emit wireless radiofrequency radiation.


Never charge your mobile phone in your bedroom at night. This can have a detrimental impact on your quality of sleep. If you must, keep the phone in your bedroom, keep it at least 2 metres away from the bed


Don’t make telephone calls on your mobile phone.  Send a message or email instead.  If you must make a phone call, keep them short and infrequent as possible, and don’t hold the phone to your head. Use hands free and the speaker, hollow tube or air tube headsets.  Never make phone calls in cars, buses, trains, elevators or planes – these are small metal enclosures that become a faraday cage which amplify the wireless radiofrequency radiation.

joyful young woman phoning on street in evening

Do not keep your mobile phone on your body, such as in your pocket or bra.  Carry your phone in a bag or purse away from your body, or use a mobile phone sleeve.


Make sure your phone has enough connectivity when you make a call (the little bars).  Not enough connectivity will mean that your phone is sending out a stronger signal and an increasing amount of power in its search to find a signal.


Mobile phones should not be used by children under the age of 15.  Children should never use a mobile phone unless in an emergency.  If you must give your child a mobile phone to play with, make sure the phone is switched to airplane mode or the wireless and Bluetooth is switched off.

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Do not use your phone to download data (for example – play games, surf the internet, listen to music) as this can increase the power output of the phone by over thirty times.  Do this on a laptop  (imagine the money you will save as well).

TIP 8.

Divert your mobile phone to a corded landline when you are at home or work.

TIP 9. 

Do not use DECT cordless telephones.  These also emit wireless radio frequencies 24/7.  If you must have a cordless telephone then keep any phone calls short and infrequent as possible, do not keep the base station in your bedroom (keep it at least 4-5 metres away from the bedroom), and keep the phone in the base station at all times as the radiofrequency radiation it emits will increase when the phone is away from the base station.  If you must use a cordless telephone, choose an analog one, as this will only emit radiofrequency radiation when in use.

retro photo camera and vintage telephone placed on wooden bedside table
TIP 10.

Do not place tablets or iPads in your lap, keep them a distance away from you by placing them on a table.  When not in use, tablets and iPads should be switched off or turn off the wireless and Bluetooth, or switch to airplane mode, otherwise they will continue to emit signals and radiofrequency radiation.

TIP 11

Keep your wireless router away from areas you spend a lot of time, such as living areas and bedrooms and keep it switched off, working off line when you can, only turning on the router when you needed such as for accesses the internet or download emails.   Make sure your wireless router is switched off each night before you go to bed.  Power down your router to 5% so it is only servicing the areas needed.  If you feel comfortable enough, have a chat with your neighbours, and share this information with them, and hopefully they will do the same, to reduce your exposures coming from their homes.

TIP 12

Do not use baby monitors, especially camera and video baby monitors.  These are continuously emitting wireless radiofrequency radiation, just like a mobile or cordless telephone, right near your baby.

screen of mobile phone with sleeping baby
TIP 13

Do not install “smart” technology into your home which uses wireless signals.

TIP 14

Do not choose wireless appliances. If you do use wireless appliances and devices ensure they are all switched off when not in use.

TIP 15

Opt out of smart meters for your home.  Write a letter to your provider, keep a notice on your meter box and replace your meter box door with one that is lockable.

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I also wanted to share with you a little list, so you are aware, of where these radiofrequencies can be coming from and (some of) the devices that emit them.  Check the appliances in your home. Which ones didn’t you realise had wireless connectivity?

  • Mobile phone towers
  • Mobile telephones
  • DECT baby monitors
  • Digital cordless telephones
  • Smart Televisions
  • Cable Television
  • iPads & Tablets
  • LED lighting
  • Microwave ovens
  • Smart meters
  • Wireless router
  • Your neighbour’s wireless router
  • Laptop
  • Computer 
  • Wireless printer
  • Wireless mouse & keyboard
  • Wireless speakers
  • Wireless headphones
  • Wireless game consoles (Playstation, Wii, Xbox)
  • Wireless security system
  • Media Player
  • FitBit
  • Apple watch
  • Bluetooth
  • Smart Home technology – including solar power inverters, air conditioning keypads, reticulation control panels.
  • Your car’s navigation system

But let me share this little secret with you and it is my most important tip of all.

It’s all about starting with one small change, and then adding more changes when you are ready. Otherwise it can get overwhelming. And I don’t know about you, but for me, I just give up completely if it all seems too much.

Just remember that every small change that you can make, reducing your exposures to wireless radio frequency radiation, will be of benefit to you and your family.

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