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Radiation Bureau Cautions Cordless Phone Users
M&C News, February 13, 2006
Germany - People who use cordless phones should keep their
conversations to a minimum, Germany's federal bureau for radiation
protection (BfS) in Salzgitter recommends.
BfS also says people who use the phones are advised to put the base
station in an area of their home where they do not spend a lot of time.
The foyer or entrance is a good example.
cordless telephones, which commonly use the DECT standard, often are
the greatest source of high frequency electromagnetic fields in private
is no indication that the emissions harm a person's health. But to
reduce any possible risk, it's wise to minimize the amount of time
spent near them, the BfS says.
BfS says the maximum amount of radiation allowed from the DECT
telephones by the International Commission for the Protection of Non-
ionized Radiation is too high.
and the BfS are disturbed that there is no legally required rating for
cordless telephones that use the DECT standard. As opposed to cell
phones, DECT phones do not regulate their radiation output downward,
although this is technically possible.
stations and the handset send out the same amount of radiation during a
telephone call regardless of the user's distance from the base station.
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