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Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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Aug 27

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 26

B.C. Hydro Press Release Refuted (August 26, 2014)

Opinion piece: A rebuttal to BC Hydro's press release of August 25, 2014

In response to the recent Fire Report sent to media outlets in BC, Hydro released a press release in an attempt to refute it, without directly addressing it, saying that the smart meters are improving the safety of the $$mart grid.

Please note that Hydro does not deny that fires have occurred: 
Attached is a rebuttal that Sharon Noble, Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC, has sent out to every media outlet and newspaper.

Please circulate it to your newspapers, and your contacts, too. Thank you!

Aug 24

ITRON Smart Meters Melt and Burn in BC

Press Release from the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, August 24, 2014

Sent all media outlets and newspapers in the province of British Columbia.  Please direct queries to Sharon Noble, Director of Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC, at dsnoble@shaw.ca or phone 250-478-7892.  Please let Sharon know if you know of any newspapers that have published it. 

Aug 21

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 20

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


Aug 20

 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 13

ISSUE - FIRES (includes links)


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

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

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

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

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