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Utility Smart Meters – Dangerous or a Safety Enhancement?

Safety is an issue that is always brought up when smart meters are being deployed. The issue of low intensity radio communication waves and cancer is the concern. Your wifi router, cell phone, satellite antenna and other devices give off more powerful RF waves so its fairly humorous.

But safety of smart meters has an inverse side – this past weekend I was at a friends house that had a large number of people staying for the entire holiday week. During dinner Saturday night, the local utility BG&E (Exelon) showed up unannounced and said they needed to shut down power to house because they received an alert from the smart meter that it and associated circuits were way overheated and a fire hazard.

They identified the problem as a malfunctioning pre-sewer grinder pump that was over loading the meter. Everything was fixed and power back on in 10 mins with pump circuit shut down until the County came latter that night to fix the pump.

Amazing safety and service that I am sure the insurance companies appreciate let alone homeowners. This is what the electric power utilities should lead with when marketing new smart meters and fielding safety objections. #exelon  #smartmeters #electricutilities

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All charged up:

Pacific Power begins installation of ‘smart meters’

. . . . . some residents have raised concerns about possible safety hazards and risks with the new meters. Some residents feel the smart meters pose a danger through exposure to electromagnetic frequencies and could lead to an invasion of privacy because of detailed data-gathering.

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