Would you live next to a substation?
Apparently there is some evidence to suggest that living next to substations or other mains installations can cause health problems. Does anyone have any knowledge of this (or should I just break out the tin-foil hat)?
(Thinking of taking on a house about 30 feet from a substation.)Posted 6 years agosamuriMember
The Health Protection Agency reckon (by proxy) that anything further than 5m away from a substation is not affected by it.
They also say that emf around substations is less than the recommended maximum, even right next to them.
Also, there has never been any proven link between EMF and cancer. (and I believe, other sicknesses)Posted 6 years agoCountZeroMember
I have no problems with cell towers and masts, but I certainly draw the line at sub-stations and high-tension cables and pylons. Just the fact that I’ve had electric shocks from my bike frame just standing under power cables puts me right off wanting to live anywhere near them.Posted 6 years agoMing the MercilessSubscriber
Been doing heavy power and RF for the last twenty years, not overly convinced about the whole EM field danger thing but bear in mind we evolved to cope with the background radiation levels and natural EM from the sun, we have not evolved yet to cope with the man made environment so to be on the safe side would avoid a house next to a substation or radio mast.
I think more of the problem is from oil/chemical leakage from the site itself (they are supposed to be sealed and enclosed but….old transformers will always leak and old transformer oil will probably have had PCB’s or other lovelies in it, if its from the 70’s or earlier (believe me they are still about as a 400kv grid transformer is not cheap to replace).
Also “you tube” sub station explosion, a nearby lightning strike overload can lead to a fireball and/or explosion.
A 1MVA ground mount transformer will contain a lot of flammable oil.Posted 6 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
Can you get any more info? Is it a primary sub or a distribution sub? Any idea how old it is? Local dno (distribution network operator) could answer those questions. If It’s new, it could be gas filled kit so no worry about environmental contamination. Also, subs blowing up is very very rare. That why most of the kit on the network is fifty or sixty years old. Where abouts in the country are you?Posted 6 years agoprojectMember
What ever you do , never go near one if the doors are open, metal thieves are breaking into them to nick the coper earth strapping.
You may accidenmtly touch it or a live peice of cable, and never touch anyone you find in a sub station even if theyre getting electrocuted as it will get you as well.Posted 6 years agograntwayMember
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No thanx No idea what the Magnetic field would be like
Larger or smaller than Planet Earth’s magnetic field do you reckon?
Natural magnetic field and natural radiation our bodes can deal withPosted 6 years ago
But the man made shit is a serious no no.
Thought that was common knowledge ?CountZeroMember
The Earth’s natural magnetic field doesn’t cause you to get electric shocks from a bike frame, or any metal bits on it. Standing under 250,000v power cables does.Posted 6 years ago
Stands to reason, then, that’s there’s obviously a significant difference. And while it’s certainly rare for urban sub-stations to cause problems, there have been two in my home town, Chippenham, in recent years. Fortunately they were far enough from houses to not cause damage, but I wouldn’t want one next door.
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