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Old 10-11-2016, 09:03 AM
 
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Hi all,

We've been looking to buy a house in the Yorktown Heights area for a couple of weeks now and noticed that many houses reside near major power lines. We're a bit worried due to EMF's (electromagnetic fields) and possible health implications of living so close to these lines. Please see link below to map and direct yourself to middle grassy area that goes up.

Anyone from the area care to comment regarding this topic? Thanks.


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Old 10-11-2016, 01:59 PM
 
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Hi all,

We've been looking to buy a house in the Yorktown Heights area for a couple of weeks now and noticed that many houses reside near major power lines. We're a bit worried due to EMF's (electromagnetic fields) and possible health implications of living so close to these lines. Please see link below to map and direct yourself to middle grassy area that goes up.

Anyone from the area care to comment regarding this topic? Thanks.


https://www.google.com/maps/place/Yo...!4d-73.7776336
I would say it depends on how close you are to the power lines. If you are close enough to hear them hum, I would run away from the house. The furthest I have ever heard of EMF's extending is a quarter mile, and that is from a power transmission station. The Lines themselves have a far smaller area. That map look slike its 500 feet at least from the lines to any house, but for a few. Obviously if its that close, you are under 200 meters and may have a concern. But if you are 600 feet away, I think you have nothing to worry about.

The real issue is the EMF sources you do not see. The power lines going into your house, whether above or below ground, emit low frequency EMFs. The TV, cell phone chargers and coffee makers most of us leave plugged in all the time also do this. There is probably more danger from these low frequency EMFs than the high frequency lines you identified. I stand by my first thought, if you can hear the hum, run, but if you are more than two football fields away, don;t worry about the lines. But worry about your house.

All the best and good luck.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:02 PM
 
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I don't like the idea of living right on top of the power lines. I've done a lot of house hunting in Mount Pleasant and have seen many houses that were close to the power lines in Valhalla and Thornwood sit on the market for a long long time - even though they were beautiful houses with beautiful properties - so it looks like that's a lot of people's feeling. You have to be comfortable in your home. If they were a block or two away? I'd probably be ok with that. If I could see them from my backyard like like giant At-Ats at a house I looked at in Valhalla? Probably no.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:33 PM
 
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Dont these power lines run right next to the high school?
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Old 10-12-2016, 02:47 PM
 
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You're absolutely right @Forest_Hills_Daddy! I just saw both Yorktown HS and one of its middle schools are pretty much holding up the towers <gulp>

Thanks @Dr.Strangelove for insight.

I think I'll take a look elsewhere for now.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:53 PM
 
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You're absolutely right @Forest_Hills_Daddy! I just saw both Yorktown HS and one of its middle schools are pretty much holding up the towers <gulp>

Thanks @Dr.Strangelove for insight.

I think I'll take a look elsewhere for now.
There is zero evidence that power lines cause any health problems. Believe me, plaintiffs attorneys have sued and sued with the idea of making millions. They haven't made a dime. They are just ugly.
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