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Sep 2
2014

The Truth About Smart Meter Fires and Failures in British Columbia - INTRODUCTION

Executive Summary (ES) for distribution - Click link to view the FULL REPORT

"It is vital that all of you help to get this smart metering program stopped NOW, not next year, NOW. Here is proof that smart meters are fire hazards. We must demand that they be removed from all homes. Even if you don't have one on your home, in all likelihood there is one near you. Fires spread.

"Why has there been denial that this risk exists? Profit, greed, corporate pressure, incompetence?

"Once we give this evidence to our MLAs, they cannot say they didn't know. They have a duty to do all they can to get these things off homes immediately, or else they become as guilty as Bill Bennett and Hydro.

  • Please, print off a copy of the Executive Summary (ES) and write your covering letter. 
  • Please, take the time to hand deliver this to your MLA - hopefully handing it directly to him/her. 
  • Please take a second copy of the ES and ask him (or the person taking delivery) to sign, as proof that they did receive it. 
"Share this information widely. We can't allow the cover-up to continue.

 Sharon Noble

CLICK LINK to view FULL REPORT




Aug 31
2014


 Introductory Letter

B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett and BC Hydro state that there have been no fires or dangerous incidents involving smart meters. Are they deceitful or just incompetent? 

  • Introduction 
  • Reports of Fires 
  • Tracking of Smart Meter Fires or Failures 
  • Unreliable Sources 
  • Violations of Procedure 
  • Conclusion 
  • Emails




Aug 27
2014

Fires and more fires . . .

First posted January, 2012: Links to reports and videos that implicate Smart Meters in causing house fires and explosions (updated August, 2012)



Links to articles and videos that report links of Smart Meters to house fires:

Langford - Fire on Sooke Lake Road August 27, 2014

South Vancouver - Two Smart Meter Fires, Appliances all blown August 21, 2012

Fire guts Mission Home (includes links to other fires in BC)

Nanaimo Fire December 2, 2011 "Meter started smoking, leaves family in the dark."

Electrical explosion at Naples Bay Resort  December 19, 2011 "A Vanguard Utility Services electrician was reportedly installing a new FPL Smart Meter . . . when an electrical fault and arc occurred, creating a fireball."

MFB probes smart-meter fire risk / Metropolitan Fire Brigade / Power November 7, 2011 ". . . public alert about smart meters because it was "too early" to draw any link. . ."

Pickering smart meter explodes / Toronto and GTA / News / Toronto SunOctober 4, 2011 Video Couple may have to pay for replacement . . .

Fire investigators probe link between smart meters and house fires / Herald Sun The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board has launched an investigation into a possible link between smart meters and house fires.


Local 2 Investigates Smart Meter FiresNovember 14, 2011 It's a danger homeowners called about when they were stuck with no electricity and major damage to their homes.


Fires Spark During Smart Meter InstallationsAugust 19, 2010 Arlington Local News

Improper Smart Meter Installation Causes FiresSmart Meters installed with power on - Fire results

Arcing Meter Hazards / Smart Meter Fire in DiamondHeadNovember 12, 2011 PGE cutting costs at expense of safety

Man says Smart Meter caught fire and shut down his businessNovember 25, 2011 Under investigation . . .

Smart Meter Fires and Explosions EMF Safety Network documentation

Fire at 160 Santa Rosa, San Francisco Smart Meter "incompatible with house wiring?"

"Meters that endanger: shocking details from a whistleblower."







Aug 21
2014

Two Smart Meter Fires, Appliances all blown

Vancouver Sun report (with links to other incidents in BC and beyond) First posted August, 2012

Published on Aug 21, 2012 They replaced the old meter with a smart meter, had a fire. Then, they replaced the smart meter with new analog. Then, without permission they removed the new analog and replaced it with a smart meter. Then ANOTHER fire started in the kitchen. Many appliances were damaged.






Aug 13
2014

ISSUE - FIRES (includes links)

EMR HEALTH ALLIANCE OF BC (EMRABC)

This posting contains information and details about smart meter and AMI fires. 

Regardless of jurisdictions and electrical providers (B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, California, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Australia to name a few) and regardless of meter models and manufacturers such as Landis Gyr, Itron, General Electric, ComED, Sensus . . .  a mounting number of fires have been attributed to Smart Meters.  





Aug 12
2014

10th 'smart' meter fire hits home in Regina

Another Saskatchewan home has been hit by fire involving a "smart" power meter.

" . . . A Medicine Hat official has noted it's getting more and more calls for service due to overheating meters -- which tends to happen when the main socket on a house is old.

"City spokesperson Wilbur McLean said the old sockets may malfunction after being disturbed.

"As soon as you disturb that socket by removing a meter and put a new meter on it, it kind of awakens that issue," he said. "It doesn't matter what meter's going on that house." . . .




Aug 12
2014

An excellent article with some of the technical reasons for smart meter fires.

All smart meters have design flaws that could, have, and will result in fires.

Please send this information to your MLA, asking him/her to get these fire risks off our homes and out of our neighbourhoods. Just because you don't have one doesn't mean you are safe from a fire that could begin at your neighbour's home.

"Thought you knew the full story on the latest barrage of smart meter fires? Think again...

  • The shift-the-blame game 
  • Fake plastic meters 
  • Safety testing? 
  • Who is managing the recall? 
  • This is what we warned about . . . 
  • Arcing, corrosion 
  • "Over voltage in the distribution system" 
  • Is there a connection between smart meter fires, billing increases, transients? 
  • From lie-ability to liability 
  • We want answers . . . NOT FIRES 
  • Redefine what is acceptable 
  • The way forward 
  • What do you think?




Aug 5
2014

Smart Meters Increase the Risk of Fires

REPORTS and VIDEOS - SkyVision Solutions ... Raising Public Awareness and Finding Solutions to Smart Grid, Smart Meter, and Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation Concerns

Fire after fire after fire.  How much risk is finally too much when the results of failure can be catastrophic?

  • The Saskatchewan Smart Meter Fiasco 
  • Smart Meter Fires Outside Saskatchewan 
  • What Causes the Smart Meter Fires? 
  • No More Inspections by Meter Readers 
  • Concerns Over Transparency and Willingness to Acknowledge Problems 
  • Conclusions
VIEW HERE




Aug 1
2014

Fire guts Mission home after BC Hydro smart meter installed

Vancouver Sun report (with links to other incidents in BC and beyond) First posted August, 2012

"BC Hydro claims a Mission homeowner is ultimately liable for a fire that originated at the base of a smart meter one day after it was installed.

"A report by the Mission fire department said the blaze, which destroyed Trish Regan's house in the 7900-block of Burdock Street and leaped to the roof of a neighbouring home on June 15, originated at an insulating "lug" in the lower left corner of the meter base. The report says the terminal, which attached the meter base to the home, appeared cracked and "radiated heat to combust the wall at or near the meter base."

"BC Hydro claims a Mission homeowner is ultimately liable for a fire that originated at the base of a smart meter one day after it was installed. "A report by the Mission fire department said the blaze, which destroyed Trish Regan's house in the 7900-block of Burdock Street and leaped to the roof of a neighbouring home on June 15, originated at an insulating "lug" in the lower left corner of the meter base. The report says the terminal, which attached the meter base to the home, appeared cracked and "radiated heat to combust the wall at or near the meter base."

 ". . . BC Hydro maintains the meter base is part of the house and thus any damage or faulty wiring is the customer's responsibility . . .

Here's what BC Hydro's Smart Metering Team says about fires in its FAQ post online:  

Do smart meters cause fires?

"Our meters have passed rigorous safety testing and are certified by Measurement Canada and Industry Canada. Any reports of BC Hydro smart meters causing fires have been investigated and are simply not true. As of early January 2012, we have safely installed more than 560,000 smart meters.

"It is important to know this metering technology is not new; BC Hydro has been installing digital meters for the past ten years. Smart meters are simply digital meters with the added capability of communicating wirelessly about energy consumption and the flow of power through the system Visiting all 1.8 million of our customers provides a unique opportunity to identify potential safety issues in the field. More specifically, we are identifying a small number of situations where there are problems with the customer's meter base or there is faulty wiring on the customer's side of the meter. As with conventional meters, these types of maintenance issues may cause electrical incidents."

Are Smart Meters CSA approved?

"Smart meters are exempt from Canadian Safety Association certification because those standards govern electronic consumer products, versus products that are owned, operated and managed by the utility.  Smart meters are owned, installed and read by the utility, and they are governed by the British Columbia Electrical Safety Regulations"

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South Vancouver 
Another Mission house fire
Nanaimo smart meter fire
Nanaimo smart meter fire
Sparwood Post Office fire
Port Alberni fire
Port Hardy fire
Coquitlam fire

EMF Safety Network Compilation of Reports from US, Australia and Canada

Fires and more fires . . .




Jul 7
2014

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) resemble those of electrohypersensitivity (EHS), which may result in, an initially, flawed diagnosis. Some individuals with MS may also have EHS and, in this case, improving electromagnetic hygiene in the home and work place may reduce severity of the neurological symptoms, as shown in this video.




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