Cordless telephones emit as much radiation as cell phones, the Health Ministry stated yesterday in a warning to the general public.
The radiation emitted by cordless phones is non-ionizing, the same as cell phones. Still, the ministry says it's better to use regular landline telephones.
Non-ionizing radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that does not possess enough energy to cause ionization in matter, the Environmental Protection Ministry explains. Its wide spectrum includes ultra-violet light, visible light, infrared radiation, radio frequency and more.
"Information passes through the base unit and the handset [the mobile unit - the actual phone] in the form of radio waves," the ministry explains.
While studies into the potential hazards of cell-phone use are ongoing, on its website the Health Ministry counsels the public to err on the side of caution.
It also offers practical suggestions for careful use of cordless phones, but first and foremost advises that whenever possible - both at home and at work - use regular phones instead.