What are Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs)?

It is a modern fact of life that whether we are at work, at home, or at school, we are all exposed to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) produced by the generation, transmission, and use of electricity.

An electric field is produced by voltage or an electric charge, while a magnetic field is produced by the flow of current in a wire or an appliance.  Both are invisible fields that surround any source of indoor or outdoor power.

The most common exposure to EMFs is from household wiring, computer monitors and standard household appliances.

Many concerns have been raised about the health effects of EMFs, prompting over 30 years of research and scientific information-gathering on the topic.  To date, no link has been established that indicates EMFs have any impact on human health.

You can learn more about EMFs by visiting the Health Canada website.

If you have any health related questions, you can contact the Peel Public Health Unit at 905-799-7700.