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Touching plasma balls. It’s not recommended, says EU report

A report into the health risks associated with electromagnetic fields, says it is not the best idea.
Feb 5th 2014, 1:00 PM 58,272 30

A REPORT INTO the electromagnetic fields and the affects it can have on human beings was published yesterday by the European Commission.

Looking at all things from mobile phones, to baby monitors, microwaves and overhead lines, the report looked at just about every sort of device that can impact on humans exposure to electromagnetic fields.

The report states that “certain toys emit the highest electric fields found in our living environment in the intermediate frequency (IF) range”.

Measurements from plasma balls, what the EC report describe as “toys” – which are devices that use high voltage to create ionised light discharges – shows that the recommended reference levels for the general public are exceeded at distances less than 1.2 metres.

And when your hand actually comes into contact with the currents is two times higher than recommended by the general public guidelines.

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