A pioneer study on residential electric and magnetic fields: The case of a house at Fumesua, Ashanti Region, Ghana

Christian, Koranteng; Charles, Essel; Jimmy, Nkrumah
September 2013
Archives of Applied Science Research;2013, Vol. 5 Issue 5, p100
Academic Journal
Nowadays, very little attention is given to the effects of high electromagnetic fields (EMF) on the environment and mankind. Numerous studies have associated long-term exposure of high EMF to childhood leukaemia and other serious illnesses such as Alzheimer and brain cancer. On the other hand, associations between high EMF and illnesses have not been very strong. Conversely, current studies have found associations between exposure to EMF and for instance, Alzheimer disease to be very likely. The aim of the study is to assess EMF values in a residential building. The field measurement approach using an EMF tester and comparing the measurements to the recommended range (3 - 4 milligaus) revealed interesting clues. Walls containing fuse boxes resulted in high EMF values (195% more than the recommended range). Various equipment and gadgets (fan switches, laptops, microwave, extension boards, etc.) in daily use were found to have 125% to 1925% more EMF when in operation. The study concludes by urging architects and services engineers to champion the course of an improved and healthy built environment.


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