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Ensuring safety after smart meter installation means paying BC Hydro
The installation of new power lines connecting the Highlands Substation to the Merritt Substation. Done by helicopter. Existing power lines were live during the operation, which only added to the risk factors involved in such a project. Looking up the hill towards Merritt. Helicopters were required due to the terrain being unsuitable for more traditional installation methods. Some sections proved more difficult, as the helicopter had to get very close to the live power lines. Weather conditions were perfect. After re-fueling, the helicopter picked up a 'needle' that was needed to thread the line through the middle section of each tower. At this point, the needle was attached to the middle section, then the pulling cable was unhooked, as the helicopter had to maneuver to the opposite side, re-attach the hook, and then pull the needle through. Assistance from ground crews.
Trish Regan stands beside her fire-damaged home in Mission last week. The fire began at the base of the electric meter one day after a new smart meter was installed. Homeowners concerned about safety after the installation of a smart meter would have to pay BC Hydro to unlock the device and hire a certified electrician to inspect it for potential electrical problems. After at least two fires broke out in B. In two recent cases in Mission and Coquitlam, fires began around the meter base plate, a four-pronged socket that smart meters plug into.