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Consumer Electronic Products

The following FAQ has been developed by our topic editors for this category:

  HPS FAQ   Is Anything We Use in Everyday Life Radioactive?

The following HPS Web pages also address this category:

  PDF   AARST Granite Position Statement_8_04_2008
  PowerPoint   Natural and Man-Made Radiation Sources
  PDF   Radiation from granite countertops

The following health physics questions have been answered by an expert and approved by our editors for inclusion in our "Ask the Experts" feature. Click on the question to see the answer.

Questions in this Category Are in the Following Subcategories:
 
  •  Smoke Detectors
  •  Watches, Clocks, and other Glow-in-the-Dark
  •  Radioactive Ceramics
  •  Miscellaneous
 
Smoke Detectors
 
Q7445   –   Concerns about americium-241 smoke detectors and their use
Q8036   –   Smoke detectors
Q8678   –   Smoke detector broke open
Q9737   –   Safety of smoke detectors
 
Watches, Clocks, and other Glow-in-the-Dark
 
Q8054   –   Lady's wristwatch
Q8650   –   Older watches
Q11008   –   Gas mantles
 
Radioactive Ceramics
 
Q7440   –   Radioactivity and dose limits due to ceramic tiles
 
Miscellaneous
 
Q8362   –   Irradiated gemstones
Q8460   –   Effects of radiation on hearing aids
Q8486   –   Safety of cell phones
Q8521   –   Dose to lungs from cigarettes
Q8971   –   RFID tags in clothing

The following websites may also be useful:

  External website   Consumer Products – Health Physics Society
  External website   Electronic Product Radiation Control – U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  External website   Microwave Ovens – U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  External website   Smoke Detectors – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  External website   Television Radiation – U.S. Food and Drug Administration