Maryland state factsheet on how to reduce childrens exposure to wireless at home

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Maryland state childrens environmental health and protection advisory council releases factsheet on how to reduce childrens exposure to wireless at home

December 2022

The Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC) has released an informational factsheet on how to reduce children’s wireless exposures entitled “Guidelines to Reduce Electromagnetic Field Radiation”.

CEHPAC is a state expert body made up of top environmental health experts including Governor appointed doctors and public health experts as well as Maryland State House/Senate appointees and representatives of the Department of Education, Department of Health, Secretary of Housing & Community Development, Secretary of Human Services, State Superintendent of Schools. The Council identifies environmental health issues for children and seeks to protect children in Maryland from exposure to environmental hazards. It also advises the General Assembly on legislation and recommends uniform guidelines for State agencies to help reduce and eliminate children’s exposure to environmental hazards. The Council reviews rules, regulations, and standards to ensure that the health of children in Maryland is adequately protected. Information also is disseminated by the Council on how to reduce, treat, and eliminate children’s exposures to hazardous substances and alert the public to potential toxicants which may affect children. (CEHPAC website)

The new electromagnetic radiation factsheet includes recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics who has long called on the United States government to strengthen wireless exposure regulations to protect children and pregnant women.

“If you plan to watch a movie on your device, first download it, then switch to airplane mode while you watch in order to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure,” recommends the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“We applaud the Council in issuing practical advice for parents on ways to reduce wireless exposures. Children deserve safe technology and a healthy environment. Every state should have an expert Council like Maryland solely focused on protecting children’s future,” stated Theodora Scarato MSW, executive director of the scientific think tank Environmental Health Trust, who first brought the issue to the Council’s attention in 2014 and has played a pivotal role in supporting the educational efforts of the Council on wireless radiation for years.

The new factsheet reviews how to reduce radiation exposure from cell phones, laptops and other home technology. The sheet has a section on steps to reduce wireless radiation at night and explains when phones and devices go to higher power, emitting more RF radiation.

A few years prior, in 2017, the Maryland State Advisory Council issued a Report on Wi-Fi in school advising the Department of Education to recommend local school districts reduce classroom wireless radiation exposures by providing wired—rather than wireless—internet connections. Several countries, such as France, Israel and Cyprus, already have protective measures minimizing school wireless radiation exposures as national policy. CEHPAC also has written to the FCC requesting they update their human exposure limits.

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