Household items and electronics

Technology is a part of our everyday lives – it’s important to know that our household items and electronics are safe.

In this section

  • Cellphones transmit using radiofrequency radiation. Some people worry this could affect their health. Find out about cellphone safety and how much radiation you’re exposed to. Read more
  • Child-resistant packaging can help prevent poisonings but it is not child proof. All medicines and poisons still need to be locked away. Read more
  • A laser pointer might look like a toy – but it can be very harmful. Find out about using lasers safely. Read more
  • Microwave ovens use a form of radiation to heat food. Find out about using your microwave safely. Read more
  • Modern office equipment produces electric and magnetic fields. The strength of these fields is well below the exposure limits recommended here and overseas. Read more
  • It’s important to know about poisons you’re likely to have around the home, and how they should be stored and used so that there is little risk of them causing harm. Read more
  • Smart meters use radiofrequency signals to tell your power company how much power you’ve used. Exposures to radiofrequency radiation from smart meters are well below the limits in the national exposure standard. Read more
  • You should always have a working smoke alarm in your home – it could save your life. Some smoke alarms contain a tiny amount of radioactive material. However, they don’t contain enough to affect people’s health. Read more
  • Unflued gas heaters release polluting gases that can potentially harm your health. Find out what the risks are and ways to avoid or reduce those risks. Read more
  • WiFi, or wireless networking, is a way to connect a computer or other device to a computer network using low-power radio signals. Read more
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