NHS: Mobile phone safety

Mobile Phones

mobileEmpirically speaking, there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that mobile phones increase the risk of health problems. But below we highlight some of the actions you can take to reduce your radio wave radiation exposure.

  • Children should only use it when essential and the call should be kept short.
  • Use the phone when necessary and make only short calls
  • When the phone is in standby keep the mobile phone away from your body
  • Utilise a hands free kit to keep your phone away from your head.
  • Use the phone only when you have a strong reception, weak reception requires the phone to use more energy to communicate with the base station. – use can normally check the signal strength by the bars on phone screen.

Moreover, you may also want to look at the specific absorption rate (SAR) of a mobile phone before you purchase it. The SAR varies between phones and most retailers have this information to give to the buyer. The SAR essentially shows the amount of radio wave radiation that is absorbed by the body from the phone.

Safe use of mobile phones whilst driving

In the UK, using a hand held mobile whilst driving or riding a motorbike is illegal as it increases the chances of an accident.

Guidelines published by the Department for Transport, recommends the following best practise.

  • Avoid the hands-free device – Despite you still having the use of both hands, a hand-free can still be just as distracting as a hand-held phone.
  • Turn you phone off when driving – You can set your phone up to have call diversion, a message service or voicemail to pick up the message at the end of the journey.
  • Stop in a safe place, if required – if you must pick up your phone, stop in a safe place where you can answer. But, do not use the hard shoulder on a motorway unless it’s absolutely paramount that you answer.


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