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Nov 13

Cover-up - Smart Meter Fires in BC

Sharon Noble Director of StopSmartMetersBC with Citizen's Forum's Jack Etkin

Published on 4 Nov 2015

Smart meter fires are occurring in B.C. and nothing is being done to inform the public.

Sep 5

Meter Fire on Sooke Lake Road, Langford, B.C.

CHEK News Video: Flames and heavy smoke could be seen inside the front of the home when fire crews arrived at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Flames and heavy smoke could be seen inside the front of the home when fire crews arrived at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

VIDEO Fire was electrical (one of many in B.C.) but the report says the "precise cause is still under investigation."

Aug 1

The Hidden Hazards of Microwave Cooking

Health-Science - international and historical perspectives

"Over 90% of American homes have microwave ovens used for meal preparation. Because microwave ovens are so convenient and energy efficient, as compared to conventional ovens, very few homes or restaurants are without them. In general, people believe that whatever a microwave oven does to foods cooked in it doesn't have any negative effect on either the food or them. Of course, if microwave ovens were really harmful, our government would never allow them on the market, would they? Would they? Regardless of what has been "officially" released concerning microwave ovens, we have personally stopped using ours based on the research facts outlined in this article. . . "

Feb 7

Healthy Homes Environmental (Canada)

Electropollution consulting, detection and protection

Feb 1

Microwave News (USA)

A Report on Non-Ionizing Radiation

Jan 28

BC's Itron Smart Meters put lives and homes at risk --

who is looking out for us? - Coalition to Stop "Smart" Meters, January 28, 2015

ITRON smart meters have the remote disconnect switch, just like those in Ontario, and they allow water/moisture to accumulate just as they did in Saskatchewan.

In British Columbia there has been at least one fire that, according to the BC Safety Authority, was caused by water leaking into the meter, causing a short circuit.

Yet no one, not Bill Bennett, not BC Hydro, not the BC Safety Authority is even acknowledging the fire risk, let alone taking precautionary measures to protect us and our homes.

Engineers who, on a voluntary basis are studying the meters, have found several serious flaws, one of the significant ones being the remote disconnect switch. They are concerned that proper testing of the switch and of the meters themselves hasn't taken place and there is no certification of safety by either CSA or an independent professional electrical engineer - something required by both common sense and the law.

In the attached commentary, a retired engineer, Bob McKechnie warns, "The switch is critical from the safety point of view because if it fails to operate properly the disconnect function will not be accomplished and safety will not be assured."

Our government and BC Hydro are playing Russian roulette with our lives and property. Who is watching out for British Columbians? Must people die before Bill Bennett takes action?

Jan 1

 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

Nov 30

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


Sep 23

" . . . In fires with little damage, NV Energy simply replaces the meter, cleans up any staining and paints over sooty walls. In fires with more significant damage, the company hires its own inspectors, who find a different cause than city investigators.  

"That's what happened to Sara Macias. The blaze that destroyed much of her home in January 2013 started in the electric panel on the outside of her garage, according to the city fire investigators.  

"Macias said her insurance company inspector found the same origin. But NV Energy's inspector found the fire started inside the garage, she said.  

"Her home has been rebuilt, and she said the insurance company and the power company continue to wrangle over who is financially responsible for it. NV Energy Director of Smart Technology Gary Smith said that fire was determined to have started inside the garage and that Macia's insurance has not filed a claim against the company.  

"In the meantime, Macias refused to allow NV Energy to install another smart meter, opting to pay a higher monthly bill for the traditional model. . . .

  • Big Problem 
  • Conflicting Reports 
  • NV Energy: no pattern 
  • Electrician points to overheating relays 
  • What you can do

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, 2014)

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

Chilliwack - Moody Meter Fire January 16, 2015

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."

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