- The relative locations and characteristics of the distribution lines feeding 434 residences in the Denver metropolitan area were recorded and classified according to the Wertheimer-Leeper code (WL code) as a part of an epidemiological study of the incidence of childhood cancer. The WL code was found to place the mean values of the fields in rank order. However, the standard deviations were approximately the same size as the means. Theoretical calculations indicate that a significant fraction of the low-power magnetic fields can be generated by the distribution lines, especially in the cases where the distribution lines are within 50 feet of the residence. Thus, the wiring code was shown to be a useful method for making a first-order approximation to predict long-term, low-level magnetic fields in residences.