- A $$meter fire in Owen Sound, Ont. attributed to smeter but notice how the cause could be “many things”. In fact that’s true. There are many flaws in a smeter that could cause a fire including the fact that the meter doesn’t fit into the base properly. Note that the home was made of brick, which prevented a major fire like the one that would have happened at most BC homes. From what I can find, it seems this is a GE smeter. Most meters have the very same design flaws. The government, Hydro, Fortis, BCUC, and the NDP need to answer for this willful negligence….
Josh del Sol has kept a list of some of the more publicized fires and incidents over the last few years.
SMART METER FIRES: Fatalities & Liability
- Another 100 smart meters simultaneously explode (Capitola, CA – May 2015)
• Hundreds of smart meters simultaneously explode (Stockton, CA – April 2015)
• Smart meter fire kills 74-year old man in Dallas, Texas (February 2015)
• Man dies in “smart” meter fire (Vacaville, CA – July 2013)
• Fatal fire, smart meter suspected:“Be very aware, very vigilant” says Fire Chief (Reno, NV – Sept 2014)
• Couple escapes house fire, dogs killed: smart meter blamed (Detroit, MI – October 2014)
• ALL 1.2M Elster “smart” meters to be replaced in Arizona (November 2015)
• SaskPower to replace 105,000 faulty “smart” meters (Saskatchewan, CAN – July 2014)
• SaskPower CEO resigns following investigation into smart meter “catastrophe” (October 2014)
• PGE to replace 70,000 faulty “smart” meters (Portland, OR – July 2014)
• Lakeland Electric to replace over 10,000 faulty “smart” meters (Lakeland, FL – August 2014)
• Are tens of thousands of defective “smart” meters being stealthily replaced in Arizona? (Sept 2014)
• PECO replaces 186,000 faulty “smart” meters (Philadelphia, PA – October 2012)
• Archive of hundreds of documented “smart” meter fires – EMF Safety Network
- A member found a collector in Aldergrove at 3190-271 Street It is at the corner of 271 Street and 32 Avenue, across from the Aldergrove Telephone Museum. Photos of collectors can be seen at
- In Prince George concrete poles have been removed, from a member:
“Prince George had concrete hydro poles replaced a few months ago along Tyner Blvd (a road to our university and a huge cell tower). Also all along a street called Queensway.”
And this from a member in Victoria:
“We’ve been observing concrete poles being replaced in various areas around our neighbourhood in Fairfield/Jubilee. I asked the installer group at one site near our home why they were replacing the poles. He said the wooden poles are safer and less likely to cause injury when struck by an automobile. Concrete poles, he said, almost always result in a death when struck by a car. I asked him if BC Hydro had any data about that and he said they must have or they wouldn’t be doing this.”
- A retired teacher speaks out about the effects of wifi in school rooms in an article submitted to the BCTF (BC Teachers’ Federation) magazine. Please share with friends, relatives, those with children in schools as well as teachers. This is information which is not being shared now except through groups like ours. School boards have been told by Dr. Perry Kendall that wifi is safe so trustees and principals refuse to allow information to be disseminated to parents and teachers.
- A woman in the UK whose electro hypersensitivity was expressed as terrible skin rashes. Dr. Olle Johansson found a relationship between RF and skin problems, including skin cancer, several decades ago. Please read the comments to see how many people who worked in the computer and IT field suffer similar reactions.
Dear Minister Anton,
One of the promoted purposes of the smart meters that BC Hydro and Fortis BC are installing is to gather information beyond that needed for billing purposes. Much is of a personal nature, potentially down to a very granular level. People are rightly concerned about both the security of this data given the ease with which wireless devices can be hacked and the value of their data to third parties.
I would like to know what steps your office has taken to ensure that the utilities respect our privacy, protect our security, and do not misuse or sell our data to third parties without our explicit permission.
In Illinois the Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, issued a press release warning people to be aware of the implications of giving permission to the utility companies to share data:
In addition her office produced flyers addressing many of the issues involved with smart meters in an effort to clarify some of the misunderstandings that the utilities and meter companies have encouraged. http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/Smart_Meter_Data_Collection_Brochure.pdf
The Attorney General states that the utility companies in Illinois may not share data without having received prior written permission from the accountholder. Are the utility companies in British Columbia under a similar constraint? If so, have the utility companies been told to advise their customers?
In some areas of the US, customers have been misled into agreeing to share data through enticements and “special offers”. Those customers who are more trusting, less informed about the value of their data, or unaware of the ramifications of allowing access to third parties easily could be taken advantage of. Has your office established any restrictions with regard to such offers or “special deals”?
Thank you for your time and, in advance, for your response.
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