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Old 11-29-2007, 03:21 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,
I just recently moved to TX and I noticed that the house I am building has a big green box in the front yard. The neighbor said it's an electrical transformer. I'm just curious if there are any health risks I should be aware of living so close (about 10 feet to the house) to a transformer. We're a family with small children too. He said the transformer on my property probably sources a number of the houses around my plot. Anyone have any information on this? It's to the point that I"m considering backing out of the deal because where I've heard debates on whether living near electrical posts causes health issues, i.e. cancer in small children.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Hi Everyone,
I just recently moved to TX and I noticed that the house I am building has a big green box in the front yard. The neighbor said it's an electrical transformer. I'm just curious if there are any health risks I should be aware of living so close (about 10 feet to the house) to a transformer. We're a family with small children too. He said the transformer on my property probably sources a number of the houses around my plot. Anyone have any information on this? It's to the point that I"m considering backing out of the deal because where I've heard debates on whether living near electrical posts causes health issues, i.e. cancer in small children.
I don't know of any reason for this to be of concern to you as they are in most all neighborhoods in the DFW area. The only problem I had with one on the edge of my property (other than it being really ugly... plant a bush by it to disquise it) was having to trim around it with the weedeater!

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Old 11-30-2007, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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There is NO scientific proof about that myth...it is strictly an urban legend. My dad worked for a utility company for 34 years and was around much higher-voltage electricity every day, and he has zero health problems!

Your kids can't get hurt from touching it. Just don't let them climb on it...they could fall off and get hurt!
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Old 03-15-2017, 01:32 AM
 
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Their is no scientific way to check.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:34 PM
 
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Yeah they cause cancer like high voltage lines, get an emf meter like the Trifield and you can see if the room is far enough away from it or not.

Just get a different house.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Texas
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No. Transformers at those low voltages aren't a cause for concern. You can complain about it and maybe they'll drop the price on the house, though.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:57 PM
 
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Their is no scientific way to check.
There are several ways to check:
1. Public health doctors and statisticians can/do look for cancer clusters.
2. It's really easy to calculate worst case exposures levels using measured data against the inverse square law for point sources and the same with statistical adjustments for line sources.
3. Robust studies have been conducted examining how varying objects attenuate EMF.......walls, bricks, sheetrock, windows, air etc.

This is a total non-issue to anyone who pays attention or doesn't derive an income misleading people on the internet.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:01 PM
 
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Yeah they cause cancer like high voltage lines, get an emf meter like the Trifield and you can see if the room is far enough away from it or not.

Just get a different house.
Yea and maybe 20/25 feet from a high voltage line and background EMF will surpass EMF from the line.


Likely 5 minutes using your blowdryer exposes you to more EMF than any line in or around your home. It's a non-issue.
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Old 03-16-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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Safe to be around MOST of the time, BUT, Google 'transformer explosion', then decide for yourself...
(be sure to stockup on marshmallows for the event....)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzbQjd_Oo4Q
How Transformers Can Explode
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Safe to be around MOST of the time, BUT, Google 'transformer explosion', then decide for yourself...
(be sure to stockup on marshmallows for the event....)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzbQjd_Oo4Q
How Transformers Can Explode
That's a substation with much higher voltages.
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