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If you are aware
about smart meters, then you will know they are a huge privacy violation. They
are also not very safe, but mainstream media does not make you aware of this.
Smart meters have
been spreading through homes and businesses for a few years now and power
companies claim that despite monitoring your electric usage and sending the
information via a Wi-Fi transmission, several times an hour, they are a lot
They are also very
dangerous, as Waverly Galbreath, a Kansas City, USA resident recently found
out. Due to a smart meter malfunctioning
and catching fire, it almost made his home in danger of burning down. He was away from home when it happened.
He told KSBH-TV “My
neighbor called me and said my house was on fire. But when I arrived back I found that my smart
meter had exploded”.
A spokeswoman from
Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) stated that the incident was
investigated by the company but added the excuse: “this doesn’t happen very often.” Chuck
Caisley, Vice President of KCP&L added that over 700,000 meters had been
installed by KCP&L and only “a handful of meter malfunctions” have
occurred. KSBH-TV reported that multiple
smart meter manufacturers and many different models are being used.
Galbreath was not the only victim, the models that are used by KCP&L have been very problematic all around the country.
The incidents in Kansas City may only be a few and far between but across North America there have been hundreds of thousands of smart meters recalled in the last few years. In California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Nevada and throughout Canada, there have been hundreds of fires.
Canadian electrician professor, Curtis Bennett said it is
“a very dangerous issue” and that it should be considered a “real unprecedented
emergency” no matter where you live. In his country, he has been in an ongoing
legal battle over the use of smart meters.
He sent thermal images to KSBH-TV investigation reporters
that showed a smart meter connection that was running far too hot and one that
was operating normally. “You’ve got this
plastic piece of junk on your property and that is actually what’s burning
inside that meter base with the wires.”
“Out of the 700,000
meters fitted by KCP&L only half a dozen have had problems. But the company has had to send some smart
meters back to the supplier because they overheated.
adjuster, Norman Lambe, in California said that he had investigated dozens of
meter incidents and the primary cause was overheating. When they spark they produce
too much heat during operation and the materials within the meters become
flammable in the right heat conditions. He has over half a dozen smart meter
fire claims that are ongoing.
It does not look as
though there will be any improvement any time in the near future. Power companies in the USA are spending
billions of dollars to install smart meters in all homes & businesses.
Whereas the old
analogue dial meters have to be read, smart meters’ work by transmitting all
our usage information quickly and effortlessly back to the power company. The data that is sent not only gives them the
amount of electric we use, but also what time we wake, when we are not at home,
if we have activity in the middle of the night and if we are not using any
power due to being away for a prolonged time such as a vacation. All these
hundreds of transmissions are part of what is causing the meters to overload
Brian Thiesen, also Canadian has spent hundreds of hours
over the past 5 years researching smart meters and has made a video about fires
that have been caused by smart meters overheating.
Thiesen stated “These fires will continue to happen because once again the basic laws of electricity are being violated”