POWER LINES

Reader's Digest - - Will Your House Kill You? -

The Fear: The elec­tro­mag­netic fields around elec­tric power lines can give you cancer.

The Re­al­ity: A 1979 study found that the in­ci­dence of child­hood leukemia was higher in Den­ver neigh­bor­hoods near high-voltage power lines. But more re­cent stud­ies show no such cor­re­la­tion. Step­ping on a downed live power line is the real threat— oth­er­wise, you’re fine. The elec­tro­mag­netic waves given off are the safer, non­ion­iz­ing kind and are at an ex­tremely low fre­quency.

Will It Kill You? No. Power lines are worse for prop­erty val­ues than for your health.

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