This is an international problem.
From the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in British Columbia:
1) No agency is tracking fires;
2) Regulations and laws are being broken with impunity, e.g. meters are being removed from the fire scene, electrical inspections are not being done;
3) Reporting is haphazard at best;
4) The meter is combustible, poorly designed, and not certified by any agency to be safe;
5) BC Hydro did not perform its due diligence by having an independent Electrical Engineer inspect the meter prior to signing the contract. Rather, it accepted ITRON’s assurances;
6) Smart meters have burned, melted and caused homes to burn. BC Hydro and BCUC both deny this is happening.
…Consumer Affairs recalls defective devices, e.g. cars, electrical appliances. But because a utility owns the smart meters, they are not considered consumer goods and Consumer Affairs has no jurisdiction. Who is watching out for us, ensuring that these devices that are being put on our homes without our permission, mandated by law, are safe? No one. This is in our hands and this report provides the means by which we can and must demand a recall.
The files are all large, so please be patient when downloading them – it will take time.
3) http://tinyurl.com/SuperReportDataVol-I – Supporting Documentation (cont’d) (N-W)
4) http://tinyurl.com/SuperReportDataVol-II – Supporting Documentation (A-M)
Addenda and the full post about this report:
Additional important information & links re smart meter fires: