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Danger lurking in our every day household appliances.

THE PowerWatch Network, which is an independent research group, has assessed a wide range of electrical goods that could be potentially hazardous to health because of the electro- magnetic fields they give off.

Identifying danger zones in your home or office could be the first step to solving problems of stress and fatigue before you consider forking out on a pendant.

These are some of PowerWatch's most recent findings and guidelines:

BABY ALARMS/CLOCK RADIOS

ALARMS and clock radios plugged into the mains should be at least one metre away from the bedhead. Battery- operated alarms and clocks give off virtually no electric waves.

COMPUTERS

MOST modern computers give off quite low levels, but it is best to keep the computer as far away from your body as possible.

VDUs

OLD screens can give off high fields. Newer, low radiation screens can give off far lower fields, but all VDUs give off higher fields at the back. Nobody should sit less than one metre from the rear of a VDU - and magnetic fields can travel through walls.

COOKERS

ELECTRIC ovens and hobs give off high magnetic fields when in use. Try to keep as much distance as reasonable while cooking.

ELECTRIC BLANKETS

UNDERBLANKETS give off high fields. They should be switched off at the wall before getting into bed.

HAIR DRYERS

MANY give off high fields - and high magnetic fields near the head in the evening are known to interfere with the production of melatonin by the pineal gland. This is the hormone responsible for cell regeneration and mood swings.

HI-FIs

THESE can give off high electric fields. Make sure the system has a decent electrical earth connection to the mains supply, as this will remove most of the problem.

MICROWAVE OVENS

THEY can leak microwave radiation. Always stand at least a metre away and, if the kitchen is small, encourage children to stay out while the food is cooking. Leave food to stand for 2- 3 minutes to enable the cells to "re-normalise" after microwave cooking.

PHOTOCOPIERS

THESE can give off very high magnetic fields. Stand at least half a metre back and make sure ventilation is good, as the ozone given off by the copier is affected by the surrounding electric fields.

TELEVISIONS

THEY vary according to makes and models, so be cautious and always sit at least a metre away from all sides of the TV

VACUUM CLEANERS

THE cylinder type is better than the upright as the motor and wires are further away.

WASHING MACHINES

THEY give off high fields and it's best to avoid them while they are in use.

SEWING MACHINES

THE motors give off high magnetic fields. Some statistics have shown an increase in breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease in industrial machinists.
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Date:Mar 10, 1999
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