Monday, April 15, 2019

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Household and Hobby Items

Household and Hobby Items Electromagnetic Compatibility Guide

For Implantable Cardiac Devices

Most household and hobby items are unlikely to affect your heart device when the items are in good working condition, used as intended, and the recommended distances are maintained. For items that transmit power through an antenna, it is recommended that you follow the noted distances between the antenna and your implanted heart device.

No Known Risk

If the item is used as intended and in good working condition, there is no known risk:
Battery Charger – for household batteries
Casino Slot Machine
CD/DVD/VHS Player or Recorder
Curling Iron
Electric Blanket
Electric Guitar
Electric Toothbrush
Electronic Weight Scale
Garage Door Opener
Hair Straightener
Heating Pad
Hot Tub
Ionized Air Filter
Kitchen Appliances – small and large (blender, can opener, refrigerator, stove, toaster)
Low Voltage Residential Power Lines
Massage Chair/Pad
Medical Alert Necklace
Microwave Oven
Remote Control (CD, DVD Player, TV, VHS)
Salon Hair Dryer
Shaver/Trimmer – battery powered
Tanning Bed

Minimal Risk

Maintain at least a 6-inch distance between the item and your heart device:
Electric Grocery Cart/Golf Cart – from motor
Electric Kitchen Appliances – hand-held (electric mixer or knife)
Electric Shaver – corded
Electric Toothbrush Charging Base
Exercise Bike – from magnet in wheel
Hair Dryer – hand-held
Hand-held Back Massager
Magnetic Therapy Products
Radio-Controlled Items – from antenna
Sewing Machine/Serger – from motor
Small Magnet (household magnet)
Tattoo Machine
Treadmill – from motor
Ultrasonic Pest Controller
Vacuum Cleaner – from motor

Special Considerations

Maintain at least the recommended distance between the item and your heart device:

12-Inch Distance
Car/Motorcycle – from components of ignition system
Electric Fence
Electric Pet Containment Fence – from buried wire and indoor antenna
Transformer Box (green box in yard)

2-Foot Distance
Beach Comber Metal Detector – from search head
Induction Cooktop Stove

Not Recommended 
Ab Stimulator
Electronic Body Fat Scale
Magnetic Mattress Pad/Pillow

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