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Thoughts on living near electricity sub-station?

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9y, 2w agoPosted 9 years, 2 weeks ago
We are thinking of moving to a house which is about 50 foot from an electricity sub-station (inside a smallish brick built building - approximately garage sized) owned by EDF Energy. You sometimes see these on housing estates or fenced off close to houses with signs that say things such as "danger - risk of electrocution" etc.

Would the proxmity of this stop you buying the house? Are there health risks with living so close to such a substation which you can't avoid (I don't mean risk of electrocution which you can avoid by not going near it)- particularly for children e.g. leukemia/cancers? Is this the same risk as living near electricity pylons? Even better does anyone know an expert in this field I could discuss this with to help us assess the risk before we make a possible mistake.

Thanks:roll:
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9y, 2w agoPosted 9 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
I don't think no radioactive waves, or anything like that are given off at all from a sub-station. We have one of the small exchange thingys about 20 ft from the back of our garden and no problems. Grandpa also lives very close to a sub-station and nothing dramatical or bad there.
#2
i am not sure, but i know my o/h wouldnt buy near anything like that.

have you children?
#3
Most houses will be reasonably close to a substation, they have been around for over a hundred years now and generally should be very safe. By your description it sounds like a mid-level substation so will be converting c.11kV to 440V 3-phase, much lower voltages than high-voltage pylon lines which are often linked (via scare stories) to leukemias...
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jah128
Most houses will be reasonably close to a substation, they have been around for over a hundred years now and generally should be very safe. By your description it sounds like a mid-level substation so will be converting c.11kV to 440V 3-phase, much lower voltages than high-voltage pylon lines which are often linked (via scare stories) to leukemias...


oh good you sound v. knowledgeable (which is more then EDF did who could n't explain anything). Do you know what different types there are or where I can read an idiots guide on this (as I am not v. scientific). I really want to try to assess risk but can't find even the basics to start with. Thank you
#5
sofiamary
i am not sure, but i know my o/h wouldnt buy near anything like that.

have you children?


Yes 1 - 1 baby due in 7 weeks and hopefully some more after that so I am keen to know what, if any, dangers we may be getting into.
#6
TBH I don't really know where I'd go to find out more, I have a EE background so know a bit about the national grid etc but not really sure where you might find out more. Like I say though, you're never too far from a substation anyway and I think that they are so well established in modern life that they are highly unlikely pose a serious health risk, even as close as 50ft. Think my flat is probably about 80ft from a similar station at the moment and I had honestly never paid it any thought, but I guess its always good to err on the side of caution.

All they are is a large transformer - a scaled up version of the sort of thing you probably have plugged in at many places throughout your house - used to lower the voltage from the main electricity lines into a level suitable for distributing into houses. Looks like [url]www.energynetworks.org[/url] might be the people to contact to find out more about EM radiation...
#7
Pylons yes, sub station, i have not heard of that being bad for your health. Pylons they reckon can give off bad vibes.
#8
We moved to this house which is 50 foot from the substation 13 years ago. I've not grown any extra limbs :)
#9
gari189
if you are more than 5 metres away from the substation then background levels are the same as those as you get from the wiring in your house......


I was just about to post a similar comment. I think that the concern is about the substations is one of these urban myths, and mainly based on social preferences. The main downside that I can think of is the likelihood of 'yoofs' hanging out there if the area around the substation isn't gated. (god I sound like an old g*t)
#10
Robotochan
We moved to this house which is 50 foot from the substation 13 years ago. I've not grown any extra limbs :)


have you had/got any children snce you have been there?
#11
I wouldnt worry about the sub -station being that distance away.

Main issues with 'older' facilities is the potential presence/leakage of PCB's, although the likelihood of risk is pretty remote at that distance, even if they were originally used as capacitor fluid. PCB's were discontinued in the early 1970's.

If your house is relatively modern then it should have been checked during the ground investigation.

You are likely to get more EM radiation off your mobile than the sub-station!

I would suggest the main issue is keeping your kids (if you have them now or future) away from it as they are dangerous - hence the signs! Kids climb fences - it is what they do - and that could be a bad one for these type of facilities!

I certainly wouldnt buy a house beneath pylons or HV overhead transmission lines as these do give off EM rad constantly. While cancer clustering has been linked to these, I am still a little sceptical of full results or connection - but my opinion is remove the potential risk! Imagine having your mobile glued to your ear transmitting 24/7 - then look up the mobile scare storie too.

Personally wouldnt worry from the scenario you describe:thumbsup:
#12
We live next to some pylons, and our primary school has some passing close by too. Have not noticed anyone glowing in the dark after 7 years living there ;-)

Makes a racket of noise when it's raining though, although you get used to that. A bit like living next to a railway line/airfield. You just get used to the noise.
banned#13
jah128
....I think that they are so well established in modern life that they are highly unlikely pose a serious health risk...


Isn't that what they thought about Asbestos and Lead paint ;-)
banned#14
Quinten
We live next to some pylons, and our primary school has some passing close by too. Have not noticed anyone glowing in the dark after 7 years living there ;-)


New legislation goes along the lines of no new power lines to be erected within a certain distance of built up areas, so the government accept there is a possible danger.

P.S. Go stand outside when it's windy and listen to the power lines...spokey!
#15
lumoruk
New legislation goes along the lines of no new power lines to be erected within a certain distance of built up areas, so the government accept there is a possible danger.


This was all new build 7 years ago, so that must have changed since then...
#17
Well found, that is just the sort of link I was looking for yesterday, seems to suggest there really should be no issues whatsoever at a 50ft range...
banned#18
Thoughts on living near an electricity sub station...errr, brain no worky :o
#19
EDF and the local council are building an electricity sub-station HALF A METRE from my house. I am 4 months pregnant. Jah128 Would you be worried about that?

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