GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Americans spend a lot of time on our cell phones. But do you know how much radiation your device is emitting?
This week the Government Accountability Office is calling on the FCC to investigate radiation standards on cell phones. It's because cell phone radiation emission laws are old-- 15 years old.
The laws were enacted when consumer cell phones were just taking off. In a year-long study, the Government Accountability Office found radiation limits aren't always accurate.
The agency wants the Federal Communications Commission to look at potential health effects and tighten restrictions, if necessary. Some health experts argue that long term cell phone use could lead to cancer.
The government requires all phones to have a SAR score of less than 1.6 watts per kilogram. To find your cell phone's emission contact the cell phone company and ask for it's manufacturing ID number. Then contact the FCC and use that ID number to look up your phones SAR score.