Hundreds of thousands of smart meters have been replaced because of numerous faulty readings, explosions, surges, overheating, appliance damage and fires resulting in injuries
and deaths to pets as well as humans.
The newsletter from Michigan’s smartmetereducationnetwork.com tells you to check the website daily as there have been so many fires they cannot keep up with the reporting.
Smart Meters have a plastic housing not glass and steel like analog meters. Plastic cases are in contact with electricity and are subject to melting and burning. These meters have a remotely operable switch that allows the power to be disconnected by the utility company. These switches can make poor contact and generate heat.
The complex circuit board inside is
connected to the incoming 120/240 volt line, according to smartgridawareness.org.
Meters have blown up, off the house or burned even during installation.
Installers are contract employees not utility company employees and get very little instruction. In Michigan a DTE internal bulletin dated April 23, 2015, reports that a “handful” of Itron Centron smart meters failed due to overvoltage. I suspect connector boxes on utility lines might have something to do with the hundreds of meters exploding caused by vehicles running into utility poles.
Smart meters (AMI meters) are not certified as safe by UL, CSA or any other safety regulating agency. Most utility companies do not permit any electrical components to be used on their buildings without UL certification. However, they insist on bolting an unsafe meter on your house.
Your smoke detector cannot warn you. Meter fires start on the outside of the house. In apartment or commercial buildings the meter could be in a concealed or locked area. There normally is a locking collar on the meter to secure it in place.
Warning signs of a meter fire are flickering or dimming lights or appliances that burn out for no apparent reason.
The electric company refuses to admit their meters sparked, or failed due to overvoltage causing fires and appliance failures because of fear of bad public relations and/or liability for damages.
A Mercola.com article (Aug. 5, 2017) described a must-see documentary revealing the dangers of smart neters (“Take Back Your Power”).
If you have an analog meter, lock it so it cannot be removed. This will give you time to check out the truth.
UPPCO is taking an opinion survey. In writing, tell them ”No smart meter here.”