Electric and magnetic fields, sometimes referred to as "EMF," exist wherever there is a flow of electricity. Sources of EMF include the following:
- Wiring in our houses, offices, and schools
- Power lines
- Electrical appliances and equipment (such as hairdryers, refrigerators, and computers)
The issue of possible health effects from EMF has been the subject of much study and debate. Over the last 30 years, many studies on EMF have been performed throughout the world, and numerous scientific organizations have reviewed the EMF research. Some studies have found an association between exposure to magnetic fields and certain types of cancer, but other studies have not. Further, studies have not shown a causal relationship between EMF and cancer or other diseases. EMF exposure is a complicated issue, and scientists continue to study it.
The following links provide further information about EMF. CenterPoint Energy does not necessarily endorse or adopt the various scientific statements made by third parties about EMF, but these materials are provided as respected public resources to help you understand the issues related to EMF.