Posted by: | 2019/04/25


How safe is infrared heaters really?

How safe is infrared heaters on cancer patients that is in remission and babies? On doing some research, I came across a lot of conflicting arguments regarding the safety of these heaters in terms of causing cancer. Most of the sites compared the heaters electromagnetic radiation waves to the waves of the sun, which sound like it could actually be dangerous to your health, especially in respect of causing cancer.

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2019/04/26

Dear Anonymous. There is conflicting information regarding infrared (IR) heaters. I could not source any scientific information indicating that infrared is harmful in any way to one's health. Infrared rays do not heat the air - the "light" rays are absorbed by objects and cause the objects to warm up. Infrared radiation should also not be compared to ultraviolet radiation. Infrared (IR) and Ultraviolet (UV) represent the two extremities of the visible spectrum (400 to 700nm). Many individuals believe that infrared radiation is harmful because it is a type of electromagnetic radiation. One should have some basic knowledge of physics (especially wavelengths) to fully understand IR. While IR represents electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than those of visible light, UV represents wavelengths shorter than visible light. One can with reasonable safety declare that IR is not harmful to health. There is also no scientific evidence that IR causes cancer. (MCH).

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