Is it safe to wear a wireless pedometer on your body?


Is it safe to wear a wireless pedometer on your body?

Asked by Amy

I'm worried about the possible health hazards of the Fitbit One wireless device I received over the holidays. If safety is questionable, is it safer to wear it if I only plug in the wireless receiver dongle once a day to actively sync my information rather than leaving the receiver in all the time? I am wondering if the Fitbit One will act as a regular pedometer if I do this, or if the device will be emitting radiation or dangerous frequencies all the time regardless of whether the receiver is set up and in range.

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Harold Remlinger, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB's picture

Most electrical equipment radiates some amount of electromagnetic energy or radio frequency, including your cell phone and other wireless devices. As for the Fitbit, it has been tested by the FCC and according to the Fitbit manual, complies with FCC radiation exposure limits. It also notes that this transmitter cannot be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.