Tuesday, August 30, 2016



Rash of smart meter fires spark investigation (Kansas City, MO)

Real, investigative journalism is so refreshing.  
Last night, a Kansas City station aired perhaps the BEST television coverage we've seen of the smart meter fire situation.  There are now around half a million recalls we know about.
It is high time we see more investigative reporting such as this, and I believe we will.
Interviews with insurance adjuster Norman Lambe, researcher Brian Thiesen, and professor Curtis Bennett are all included in the 4-minute clip.

See it now: KSHB-TV's smart meter fire story

Published on Aug 30, 2016
Around 500,000 have been recalled throughout North America - and those are just the ones we know about. See a summary of thousands of fires and explosions: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/smart-met...

They don't save energy. Their purpose is spying for profit. This is greenwashing to the max. Get yours off your house, don't take no for an answer, and don't consent to an extortive "opt-out" fee.

Story: http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/i...

Mirror: https://takebackyourpower.net/more-fi...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nearly every home and business in the metro have one.
Kansas City Power & Light is at the tail end of a two and a half year project to install more than 700,000 smart meters across the metro.
It’s a small part of the billions of dollars utilities have invested in smart meters across the U.S.
But there are serious concerns Waverly Galbreath experienced firsthand. The burn marks are visible on his KCMO home.
A burned-out circuit board is the only remaining part of the smart meter at Galbreath’s home where the July fire started.
Galbreath wasn’t at home when it started.
Smart meter fire“I got a call from my neighbor and he said my house was on fire. But when I arrived, I found out the meter had exploded,” he said.
A KCP&L spokeswoman said the utility is investigating the fire, but she said this type of issue in the metro is very rare.
KCP&L Vice President Chuck Caisley said in a statement to the 41 Action News Investigators, “Out of the more than 700,000 meters KCP&L has installed, we are only aware of a handful of meter malfunctions.”
There are multiple smart meter makers and different models.
The company KCP&L uses has had past issues in other places.
Despite few problems in the metro, hundreds of thousands of smart meters have been recalled in the last several years across North America.
And hundreds of fires have broken out in California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Illinois and across Canada.

It really is a very dangerous issue and should be treated as a real unprecedented emergency in your area,” said Canadian electrician Professor Curtis Bennett.
smart-meter-fire-kcBennett is in an ongoing Canadian legal battle over smart meters.
Bennett sent the 41 Action News Investigators thermal images showing a dangerous smart meter connection running too hot and a normal one.
“Now you’ve got this plastic piece of junk on their property and that’s actually what’s burning inside that meter base with the wires,” he said.
But Caisley said KCP&L has had a total of six problems out of more than 700,000 meters.
He said the utility has returned a couple meters which have overheated to its supplier.
California insurance adjuster Norman Lambe currently has seven open smart meter fire claims on his desk.
Of the dozens of smart meter fires he’s investigated, he said overheating is the major issue.
They are sparking, they are manufacturing too much heat,” he said. “In any given situation when you have too much heat and you have material to burn, meaning unfortunately wiring in the individual’s home or business, you’re going to have a fire.”
America’s utilities are spending billions of dollars to install smart meters.
The old ones with the dials, called analog meters, only recorded electricity usage, requiring a meter reader to get the information. (Jobs for out of work Americans)
Smart meters transmit your usage information to the power company. (transmitting all sorts of information that can be used against you - spying)
Lambe said those transmissions can cause overheating.
Canadian Brian Thiesen has spent hundreds of hours over five years researching smart meters. He produced a video about smart meter fires.
“These fires are going to continue to happen because again, the basic laws of electricity are being violated,” Thiesen said.
But KCP&L’s statement said, “At this point, we have found nothing that leads us to believe there is a problem or safety issue with the new meters.”
Galbreath has a different take.
He was without power for over a month after his home’s smart meter fire. He said he’s lucky the wood-shingled home didn’t go up in flames.
When asked if other metro residents should be concerned about smart meters, he said, “I think so, I really do.”
KCP&L said the type of smart meters they’re using have not been recalled.
The utility’s statement also said the vast majority of house fires are caused by factors other than meters like outdated and overloaded wiring. (BUT they are installing these meters on your houses ANYWAY - to heck with any risks or loss of life that may occur from them)
Bennett told the 41 Action News Investigators smart meter connections to old bases and faulty wiring are a serious part of the fire problem.
A spokesman for the Board of Public Utilities, BPU, said that utility has installed 70,000 smart meters in Wyandotte County.
BPU spokesman David Mehlhaff said there have been no reports of smart meter fires there.
To check on your own meter, Lambe said the best way is to feel your meter at the end of the day when it’s cool outside.
He said if it’s hot to the touch, call your utility company.

--Reporter: "Hundreds of thousands of smart meters have been recalled in the past several years across North America. And hundreds of fires have broken out, including in California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Illinois, and across Canada."

--Curtis Bennett (electrician professor): "It really is a very dangerous issue, and it should be treated as a real, unprecedented emergency in your area."

--Reporter: "California insurance adjuster Norman Lambe currently has seven open smart meter fire claims. Of the dozens of smart meter fires he's investigated, he says overheating is the major issue."

--Norman Lambe (insurance adjuster): "Sparking... they are manufacturing too much heat."

--Brian Thiesen (researcher): "These fires are going to continue to happen because, again, the basic laws of electricity are being violated."

Watch KSHB-TV's smart meter fire story here

Josh del Sol

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SMART METER FIRES: Fatalities & Liability

Another 100 smart meters simultaneously explode (Capitola, CA – May 2015)
Hundreds of smart meters simultaneously explode (Stockton, CA – April 2015)
Smart meter fire kills 74-year old man in Dallas, Texas (February 2015)
Man dies in “smart” meter fire (Vacaville, CA – July 2013)
Fatal fire, smart meter suspected:“Be very aware, very vigilant” says Fire Chief (Reno, NV – Sept 2014)
Couple escapes house fire, dogs killed: smart meter blamed (Detroit, MI – October 2014)
ALL 1.2M Elster “smart” meters to be replaced in Arizona (November 2015)
SaskPower to replace 105,000 faulty “smart” meters (Saskatchewan, CAN – July 2014)
SaskPower CEO resigns following investigation into smart meter “catastrophe” (October 2014)
PGE to replace 70,000 faulty “smart” meters (Portland, OR – July 2014)
Lakeland Electric to replace over 10,000 faulty “smart” meters (Lakeland, FL – August 2014)
Are tens of thousands of defective “smart” meters being stealthily replaced in Arizona? (Sept 2014)
PECO replaces 186,000 faulty “smart” meters (Philadelphia, PA – October 2012)
News & articles on fires – Take Back Your Power
Archive of hundreds of documented “smart” meter fires – EMF Safety Network


Smart Meter Fires: Burning meters, burning questions, shocking answers (video):

Take Back Your Power is revelatory documentary investigating so-called "smart" meters, which governments and utilities are deploying under a guise of climate action — without homeowners' consent or knowledge of the facts. What's at stake is in-home surveillance, systemic over-billing, home fires, health & environmental harm, extortion and hacking vulnerability. What you’ll discover will shock, unsettle and ultimately empower you. www.takebackyourpower.net


Anonymous said...

They can blame faulty wiring and other factors all they want, but the same (faulty?) Wiring worked just fine for YEARS until the smart meter burned the house down. So where is the blame? And consider this. . . In order to get . . . heat . . . from electricity, there has to be power consumed (wasted) to generate said heat. I have NEVER seen an analog meter that ever got hot as they only dissipated fractions of a watt to make the rotor rotate. Virtually an insignificant amount.



Freewill said...

I work on control circuits and relays on gensets for magnets on excavators at a scrap yard. So I deal with 250 volts power and switch relays. These work similar to smart meters.

Those smart meters have a set of contacts inside them so they can remotely cut or reconnect your power. Those contacts will loose conductivity due to corrosion or dust. When this happens, they get hot then arc and self destruct. That is why homes are burning down.