Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cell Phone Safety

Cell Phones play a major role in our everyday existence. More than 80% of the World’s population carries a cell phone. Wireless communication packed in small, hip and trendy gadgets that defy location. You can talk when and where you want, take business on the road and enjoy multimedia features that deliver music, video, messaging and Internet capabilities.
But in this environment, debates regarding cell phone safety have emerged everywhere. It’s important for cell phone users to be aware of the hazards and take proper measures.
Tips for using your cell phone safely:
· Drivers Beware: Many countries across the world have passed laws banning the use of hand-held cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. A hands-free device may be used to be safe. But this is not completely risk free either as studies suggest that drivers talking on the phone with or without hands-free are a leading roadway danger. It is best to refrain from using your cell phone while driving.
Texting while driving is also hazardous as it can divert the driver’s attention, leading to accidents. Experts also say that using a cell phone inside “metal containers” such as cars, trains, elevators etc can cause harm due to radiations.
So when in a car, your best bet is to avoid taking calls.
· Use an Answering Service or Forwarding Option: Cell phone users should forward calls to other individuals or have an answering service when driving or walking on the road during heavy traffic. This way you don’t miss the call. You just handle it later.
· Turn it Off: It is important to remember to turn off your cell phone whenever advised to. Keeping your phone switched on in the plane can be dangerous. The radio waves emitted by the cell phone could cause problems in the smooth running of the plane. Cell phone etiquettes require you to keep your cell phones on silent during business meetings or in a movie hall as it may disturb and bother others.
· Please Note: Companies should put a notice in all vehicles reminding employees that the driver should safely arrive at locations and not talk on the cell phone while driving. Passengers should take responsibility of answering the phone or the driver should stop the car on the side before using their cell phones. Responsible behavior on the part of the employers, spreads the right message and creates awareness.
· Environment Hazards: Your cell phone can now be recycled. So be responsible and give your old handset for recycling when you buy a new one. Otherwise, the pile up of all that metal is a major threat to our environment. It is also dangerous to keep your old mobiles lying around, unused, in the house.

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