WiFi Router EMF Exposure: What's A Safe Distance?


There's no doubting the importance of WiFi today and that it has made all our lives so much easier. We can get information instantly and if working from a laptop, we're able to work almost anywhere we choose.

I sometimes wonder how I coped without the internet in my pocket before the days of WiFi and smart phones. Our reliance on WiFi has seen its increased availability everywhere we go, from coffee shops to modes of transportation, WiFi is always surrounding us.

This is great, but many of us are unaware of the health threats from electromagnetic fields being emitted from WiFi routers. This constant radiation exposure is arguably dangerous at close distances, and it may contribute to serious health issues, especially with long-term “chronic” exposure.

Everyone should know about the dangers of WiFi radiation so they can consciously choose which exposures feel right for them and their family.

What is the Level of Radiation From WiFi Routers and Other Devices?

Cell towers are an obvious source—and concern—of electromagnetic radiation. Some studies have shown increased cancer risk amongst those living within a few hundred meters of a cell phone tower.

You might live nowhere near a phone tower, but you should be aware that the same levels of phone tower radiation are likely to be in your home.

A mobile phone tower only 150 meters away emits the same level of radiation as a WiFi router at a distance of 5 meters. Other devices we are regularly exposed to such as cell phones, baby monitors, and computers emit similar levels of EMFs.

After constant exposure to WiFi radiation, there is now evidence of people experiencing symptoms in the short term. These symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness and loss of concentration. Some governments and public bodies are so concerned by this they have stopped the introduction of WiFi in some public places and schools.

EMFs From WiFi Routers

Wireless routers give off electromagnetic radiation in the low-gigahertz frequency, this level is considered potentially dangerous to people. The danger from WiFi routers is intensified by several factors, one of these factors is if you are exposed 24/7. (Do not assume you are safe when sleeping in the bedroom, WiFi router EMFs can pass through the walls in your home.)

You are not only exposed to EMFs from your WiFi router, there are many other EMF-generating appliances in your home. From blenders to baby monitors, all of them emit EMFs so action should be taken to lower your EMF exposures.

The Effects of WiFi Radiation on our Health 

The exposure from a WiFi router may contribute to a long list of adverse biological effects, including:

  • Brain development and health - blood-brain barrier, metabolism of glucose, thermal versus non-thermal effects, hyperactivity and digital dementia
  • Brain cancer - from heavy use of cell phones
  • Breast cancer - from carrying cell phones in bras
  • Children's development - radiation can be absorbed more deeply into children’s brains because of softer and thinner skulls
  • Female reproduction - EMF has harmful effects on the ovarian follicles
  • Male reproduction - wireless radiation can kill sperm
  • Oxidative stress - disrupts the normal state of cells, undermining the body's ability to counteract damaging effects from things like free radicals
  • Sleep - including falling asleep, duration of sleep, and sleep quality

What is a Safe Distance?

There is no clearly-defined safe distance because of the lack of scientific studies and the variances in EMF emissions from different routers. For most home WiFi routers, a distance of 40 feet will sufficiently reduce your exposure and shouldn’t impact your WiFi connection too much. However, those who are sensitive to EMFs should take extra efforts to be further away.

Best Practice Guidelines to Reduce Your WiFi Exposure

Children are more vulnerable to EMFs so if you have young ones you should make sure your router is as far away from their bedroom as possible.

One thing we can all do is turn off our WiFi routers and other devices at night or when not in use to reduce your exposure. Another tip: Use a programmable electric timer that turns off your WiFi router at night.

The best thing you can do is understand which devices emit the highest EMFs and learn to manage them properly.

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