Electrical smart meters installed throughout the world are being replaced by utility officials because there have been numerous reports of the units catching fire and exploding. The digital electric meters collect detailed data on energy consumption within the home, but many consumers have been against the use of smart meters due to health and privacy concerns.
At least ten smart meter fires have been reported in Saskatchewan province in Canada that have prompted SaskPower, a utility provider, to remove all the smart meters and replace them with analog meters. Portland General Electric has also stated that it will replace 70,000 smart meters due to the possible risk of fire and that the smart meter manufacturer has yet to issue a recall of the units.
Read more about the issues surrounding electrical smart meters that have been seen in Canada and throughout the United States.