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Smart meter fires are an international problem

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It has recently come to my attention, the issue of fires related to smart meter installation is not just confined to the United States, and a quick review of the situation in Canada has also brought to light almost identical problems.

In an article taken from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs newsletter, the following is stated,

“Smart meter installations are the suspected cause of an “unusual” number of fires similar to a recent electrical fire at a home in Mission, according to a recent investigation by the Ontario fire marshal’s office.
BC Hydro is in the process of a $1-billion installation of the meters, which use wireless technology to transmit information about electricity consumption to power utilities, following the lead of provinces and states including Ontario and California.

There’s no evidence to suggest that the meters themselves are overheating and catching fire, but it appears from an Ontario fire marshal’s report, dated June 15, 2012, that the base plates, or four-pronged sockets that meters plug into, can become compromised and start to burn if they’re old or suffer rough handling during installation.”

In a related article taken from the Vancouver Sun the following is noted concerning a house fire and the implication that a recently installed smart meter was at fault.

“BC Hydro is in the process of a $1-billion installation of the meters, which use wireless technology to transmit information about electricity consumption to power utilities, following the lead of provinces and states including Ontario and California.

There’s no evidence to suggest that the meters themselves are overheating and catching fire, but it appears from an Ontario fire marshal’s report, dated June 15, 2012, that the base plates, or four-pronged sockets that meters plug into, can become compromised and start to burn if they’re old or suffer rough handling during installation.”

Money appears to be the issue behind both the United States and Canada, as well as Australia’s rush to modernize the grid. However, this rush is creating havoc, property damage, and loss of life. Soon in this country insurance companies will begin to recognize the problem and once they do they will start the subrogation process and will not stop until they are repaid for their expense.

I hope that the governments involved, as well as the utility companies which have taken our tax money to participate in this program, will recognize the value of their citizens and their customers as people and that the customer is to be served and not to serve.

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