Micro/Radio Waves, Radar & Powerlines

FAQs Developed by the HPS

The following FAQs have been developed by our topic editors for this category:

  HPS FAQ   Microwave Oven Q & A
  HPS FAQ   Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation: Satellite Dish, Radar, Power Line, and Miscellaneous

Relevant HPS Web Pages

The following HPS Web pages also address this category:

  HTML page   A Practical Approach to Microwave Oven Safety
  HTML page   Extremely Low Frequency Radiation/Power Lines
  HTML page   Health Risks Associated with Living Near High-Voltage Power Lines
  HTML page   Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Energy From Wireless Local Area Networks
  HTML page   Microwave Ovens
  HTML page   Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation

Questions Answered by HPS Experts

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:
  •  Microwaves and Radiofrequency
  •  Satellite Dishes
  •  Miscellaneous
Microwaves and Radiofrequency
Q4037   –   X rays from high-voltage tubes
Q7030   –   Microwaving tea bags with staples in them
Q8044   –   Cat sleeps on top of microwave
Q8635   –   Microwave emissions from radar sites
Q10050   –   Government radar site
Q10733   –   Accidental RF exposure
Q10946   –   Vines dying near gas meter (smart meter)
Q10951   –   Marine radio
Q10952   –   Dirty electricity
Q10996   –   Traffic speed minders
Q11043   –   Police communications tower
Q11053   –   Laptop RF fields
Q11269   –   Wearable computers
Q11359   –   Radiofrequency Interference with AFCI Breakers
Q11558   –   Work in high RF fields
Q11719   –   Can military radar cause cancer?
Q11814   –   RF safety for self-driving vehicles
Q11901   –   Accidental RF exposure
Q11975   –   Household RF environment
Q12085   –   Smart meter radiofrequency exposure in homes
Q12166   –   Exposure to radiofrequency fields
Q12595   –   Can an angiosarcoma be caused by radiofrequency radiation?
Q12896   –   Health effects of 5G wireless telecommunications networks
Satellite Dishes
Q3392   –   Satellite dishes
Q7243   –   Neighbor's satellite dish
Q7307   –   Too close to children
Q8628   –   Satellite dish for TV, Internet, long-distance phone
Q10762   –   Radiofrequency signal from satellite dish
Q11158   –   Satellite dishes on apartment building
Q11743   –   Incidental exposure to dish antenna
Q11955   –   SATCOM Station RF Safety
Q12828   –   Radar exposure to air traffic controller
Q8480   –   Transformer
Q12127   –   Can electric cars cause health effects?
Q12909   –   Radio frequency and breast cancer

Other Useful Websites

The following websites may also be useful:

  External website   Electric and Magnetic Fields Q&A – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  External website   Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) – World Health Organization
  External website   IEEE/COMAR Reports and Publications
  External website   International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
  External website   Is WiFi a Health Threat in Schools? – Education Next
  External website   Potential Hazards of Radiofrequency Fields – Federal Communications Commission
  External website   Radiation-Emitting Products – Food and Drug Administration
  External website   Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags – Food and Drug Administration
  External website   Radio Frequency Safety FAQs – Federal Communications Commission
  External website   Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation – Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  External website   RadTown USA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  External website   Smart Meters (IEEE/COMAR)