News Reports on  Safety Issues


Cell Tower Collapse
Worker Deaths and Accidents:

Criminal Activity

Falling Ice

Other Concerning Situations:
  • Suicidal person talked down from Tower: Florida

Teen Talked Down From Cell Tower

This tower was stopped within 24 hours after this meetings where parents took the stage and voiced their concerns. It is well worth the time to listen.
Parents in Action
Writing a letter to the decision-makers?

ASK these important questions.  Write a letter and ask them at the Board meeting until you have all the facts you need.

1.  Will the County receive any revenue from the cell tower rental? 
  • Sometimes cell tower companies on school grounds have been found to have NOT  paid property taxes and no one was  monitoring their compliance.  See this example from Maryland.
2.  When is the balloon test? 
  • Ask for a balloon test with public notification so that community members can see just how high the tower will be above the school. If this has already been done then why didn't you know about it? Every community member should have been informed. That is the law.
3. Will this result in the cell tower/compound becoming a HAZMAT location?
  • In some counties cell towers are  required to register as HAZMAT locations with the fire Department. Some counties have not ensured compliance with this requirement.
4. What type of generator will this compound have?  Will it be noisy? Will it run on diesel fuel ? How often will it be tested and for how long?
  • Some new cell tower compounds require a back up generator that must be tested weekly. Generators can run on diesel fuel and that fuel must be replenished. Diesel fuel fumes are  a classified Carcinogen per the World Health Organization.  If they are noisy will the children on the fields and playground hear it as they work and play?

5.   How many vendors will be on the tower? 
  • One tower can hold 3 different vendors.  Vendors AND their subcontractors must
have 24/7 access to the cell tower for maintenance and emergencies and May come in when field is in use for any reason.  Workers do not need to check in as school visitors do.
6.  Please explain the "fall zone."
  • Cell towers can fall over - so the "fall zone" is important for planning purposes.  What is in the fall zone?  Is the school , a parking lot or a playground in the fall zone?  If the response is that cell towers crumble and do not fall then please send them examples of cell towers (below) that have fallen over at the base. Our children are to precious to be relying on what buildings are "supposed" to do.
7.  Will falling ice sheets be an issue? 
  • Cell towers can form ice sheets that fall from the top. The bottom of the tower must
have have fall zone so that there is protection from these falling ice sheets.
8.  Does every teacher staff and parent at the school know that the radiation the tower emits is a Class 2 B carcinogen with no safety assurances that researchers say "needs more research"?
  • Neither the EPA nor the FDA have developed safety exposure limits for this radiation.  The EPA states very clearly on it’s website that “ More research is needed to clarify the question of safety. “

9.  How high will the fence be? What will it be made of?
  •  What will keep kids from climbing the fence?  Many reports are in of teens and troucled adults climbing towers both for fun (on a dare) and because they are suicidal.
10.  Who will be authorizing the construction of the cell tower? 
  • The land owner must authorize actions concerning their property. However in many cases you will see that someone other than the Board of Education signed. This is illegal. Ensure all laws are being followed.

11.  Who is responsible for the electricity to run the cell tower?  
  • Cell towers on public property have been found to have not run their own lines and
have simply been letting their electric costs be paid by the government entity.
12.  Where does the money go? 
  • How many teachers will the school hire with the
money? Look at breakdown of where money goes.  Schools often only get small percentage.
13. How was the community notified?
  • All too often the community was notified by a tiny little notice that most people just threw away as junk mail. Sometimes notices are put in the paper in a 2 by 3 inch space. This is not acceptable.  Communities need more notice, a full page flyer!
14. What safety checks will workers get who come to work on the tower? Are they fingerprinted as County school staff is to be sure they are safe for interacting with children?
  • Maintinance crews  have 24 hour access and they come and go with their trucks at least weekly. Often they do not need to go though the  same safety protocols as staff at school. Ensure any worker who comes on the school campus will be fingerprinted.

15. Are Teachers, Staff and parents aware of the research linking this type of radiation to sleep disturbances,  immune damage, reproductive damage and neurological problems? This radiatio is not just  classified as a Class 2 B Possible Human Carcinogen, it is also implicated in many other health issues. People need to know. 

16. Will trees be taken down to put the compound up? 
  • Will trees be hurt by the amount of machinery on the ground and the trucks that will pull up to the compound?  Will a road need to be built to the compound and what is the environmental impact of that?

17. What parks and natural areas are nearby? Any wildlife sanctuaries or wetlands? 
  • Map it out. Has an environmental impact study been done? Show where impacts could occur to wildlife. Remember that the Dept. of the Interior has stated birds could be hurt by this radiation. Remember that recent research shows that birds magnetic compass is thrown off by this radiation.

This list is a compilation with much help from a parent well versed in the issue.
Thank you to her!
Did we miss a question? Please send us your thoughts. 
When communities come together to stop a cell tower,
we hope they have this information... 

National Association for Children and Safe Technology
Letters to the Editor

Please take a look at these excellent examples of letters written in local papers about proposed cell towers.

"The Common Sense Test"
Ronald A Creamer Jr
Belmont, MA

Cell Tower is at a Crossroads
Lynn Beiber
Bowie, MD

Tower May Pose Health Risks
Walt Rollins Milford
New Haven, MA

Sneaking a giant tower on a park?
Randy Meathrell
Prescott, AZ

A Stab to the Heart of Green
Kendall Tata
Stanardsville, VA

Not for a Scenic area
Michael Pope
Dartmouth, MA

"Pimped for a Cell Tower"
Cristina Machado
Battery Park, NY

Thank You To the Church
Mike Tetreau
Fairfield, Connecticut
Do the math!
Parents talk about how cell towers lower property values.
Cell Tower Deaths
Feel free to put this Information on your flyer

Cell Towers on School Grounds?


Negative Impact on Home Values
  • Property Values  Decrease when a tower goes up!
  • People do not like to own homes near ugly metal cell towers.
  • Would you choose a house with a tower overhead or a house without one?

Safety Issues
  • Hazardous and Noisy: Towers  have back up generators that need to be regularly  tested and they are noisy. They have hazardous materials in their batteries and often run off of diesel fuel and these diesel fumes should not be  wafting into our children’s playgrounds.
  • Fires: Cell towers have also caught on fire during routine maintenance.  As one just did in Pennsylvania.
  • They Fall: Cell towers have fall zones  and this is the area that would be in danger should a tower topple due to high winds and earthquakes. Another reason they're better suited for commercial/industrial areas.
  • Dangerous: Ice can also accumulate on the tower and can be dangerous when it falls off.
  • Crime: Cell towers have attracted criminals and vandals (copper thefts), and we don't need or want to increase the risk of crime in our neighborhood.  This is why these commercial facilities are best suited away from homes and schools and parks.
  • Safety Checks?  Workers who do maintenance on the towers are not necessarily checked for safety for children. These strangers  come and go as they please. They do not pass the front desk but just drive up.
  • Accidents: Tower workers sometimes fall off towers, die and are seriously injured.  Do we want our children witness to accidents?
  • Kids Could get Hurt: Tower compounds are usually Hazmat areas. They have fences children can climb up and inside are high voltage electrical lines  and dangerous machinery.
  • Truck Traffic: Trucks come to do regular maintenance. Do we want all these trucks pulling up and backing up  near our school?  

Environmental Issues
  • Effects on Birds: The Department of the Interior says the FCC safety standards are outdated and that endangered birds could be at risk from tower radiation. New Research also shows birds lose direction from the radiation.
  •  Trees are often cut down and roads paved to bring the Tower Materials in and  to perform maintenance on the tower.  Do we really need more concrete?
  • Potential Long Term Health Risks to Children and Families: Cell towers emit radiation. There are many studies that have shown  that living or spending much time within 400m of such towers can significantly increase your risk of contracting various types of cancers. Our children should not be part of this experiment. Lets wait.

Cell Towers do not Belong on School Grounds.
plain and simple.  

Schools should be in the business of learning and education, not cell towers and heavy machinery.

Brief of Healthy Schools Network, Inc. as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner Maria Gonzalez
in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme Court Brief on Cell Towers on a School  HERE.

Healthy Schools Network  is dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school through research, information, advocacy and coalition building.

Home Prices Drop 20%!  Get The Facts!

"Of the 1,000 survey respondents, 94% reported that cell towers and antennas in a neighborhood or on a building would impact interest in a property."

1. 2014 Survey by the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy
Indicates Cell Towers and Antennas Negatively Impact Interest in Real Estate Properties

The Impact of Cell Phone Towers on House Prices in Residential Neighborhoods

2. "CPBSs have a negative impact on the prices of houses in the study areas." Article HERE.

3. Do Cell Towers Reduce Property Values?
Read what law firm Campanelli and Associates state on their site.

4. Get the Cell out Atlanta has a great compilation of Real estate links on lowered property values.