Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Smart meter fire kills 74-year old man in Dallas, TX

Dear Paul,
Another "smart" meter fire has claimed a life — James Humphrey, Jr., a 74-year-old man in Dallas, Texas.

And in all likelihood, just like with HUNDREDS of other fires, the utility cartel will attempt to deflect blame.

Please join me in sending loving thoughts to James' mourning family, and may we honour his memory by amplifying our commitment to bring awareness into the mainstream, enforce liability against those causing harm, and stop this dangerous for-profit global agenda.


Smart meter fire kills 74-year old man in Dallas, TX

February 3, 2015
Article text by Monica Hernandez, ABC/WFAA

DALLAS — A family believes an Oncor electrical meter sparked a fire that killed a man in South Dallas Tuesday night. Now, investigators are working with Oncor to see whether that’s the cause.
The fire happened in the 4000 block of Spring Avenue around 10:30 [Monday] night. The next morning, family members still trying to process their loss looked over the charred remains of James Humphrey, Jr.’s home.
james-humphrey-jrRelatives who live next door tried to rescue him, but the flames pouring out of his bedroom window were so heavy, no one could get in. Firefighters found him dead on his bedroom floor.
“He had lived his life, and he had a good life, but he just didn’t deserve to lose his life like this,” said Alfreda Johnson, Humphrey’s cousin and caregiver.
Johnson, who lives next door, went to check on Humphrey just before the fire broke out — never expecting it would be the last time she’d see him. She says Humphrey’s arthritis probably made it difficult for him to escape, but believes none of this would have happened if Oncor hadn’t installed a new smart meter on the home three weeks ago.
She believes the home’s wiring is too old for the new meter, claiming that’s also the reason a fire broke out at her home next door three years ago.
“When are they going to own up and take responsibility for these old houses? They’re putting these smart meters out here and these old houses cannot carry the weight of those smart meters with the wiring,” said Johnson.

SMART METER FIASCO: Fatalities & Liability

• Man dies in 'smart' meter fire (Vacaville CA, Jul 2013)
• Fatal fire, 'smart' meter suspected (Reno NV, Sep 2014)
• Couple escapes house fire, dogs killed: smart meter blamed (Detroit MI, Oct 2014)
• SaskPower to replace 105,000 faulty 'smart' meters (Saskatchewan CAN, Jul 2014)
• SaskPower CEO resigns following investigation (Oct 2014)
• PGE to replace 70,000 faulty 'smart' meters (Portland OR, Jul 2014)
• Lakeland Electric to replace over 10,000 faulty 'smart' meters (Lakeland FL, Aug 2014)
• Are tens of thousands of defective 'smart' meters being stealthily replaced in Arizona? (Sep 2014)
• PECO replaces 186,000 faulty 'smart' meters (Philadelphia, PA – Oct 2012)
• News & articles on fires - Take Back Your Power
• Archive of HUNDREDS of documented 'smart' meter fires – EMF Safety Network
Firefighters are still investigating the cause, which won’t be released until the Medical Examiner’s Office releases a cause of death.
Damage has been estimated at $7,000 in structural loss and $2,000 in contents.
The Public Utilities Commission says it has not received safety complaints about smart meters before, but smart meter installations were blamed for two house fires in Arlington back in 2010.
The issue wasn’t with the meters themselves, but a fire investigator there says that when the old meters were pulled out, the main electric feeds to the houses were accidentally pulled as well.
In a statement, Oncor said: “Our thoughts are with the family in this difficult time. We are working closely with the Dallas Fire Department to understand the cause of the fire. While we understand the concerns regarding the meter, it is important to note that due to the nature and function of the advanced meters, there has been no prior instance where such a meter has caused a fire in a dwelling. Nevertheless, we look forward to completing a full investigation.”
A spokesman added that the new digital meters don’t use any more electricity than traditional meters.
Oncor will allow customers to opt out of the smart meters, for a price.
According to a company spokesperson, depending on the customer’s individual set up, there is a one-time fee to swap to a “regular” meter, then a monthly opt-out fee.
For residential customers, the one-time swap fee ranges from $169 to $211. For commercial customers, it ranges from $244 to $564. Then, the monthly reoccurring fee ranges from $26.69 to $31.38, and includes a small charge for a smart meter — even though the customer no longer has one.
Anyone interested in opting out can contact Oncor at 1-888-313-6862.


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From Josh:

Do not agree to pay "opt-out" fees, which are legal extortion. This is a contract offer from the utility. You set the terms.

These so-named "smart" meters must be seen for what they are: radiation-emitting surveillance devices, which spy on us, make our homes vulnerable to fires and hacking, pulse microwave radiation, and are designed to skyrocket our bills.

These devices comprise a false solution, being implemented in the name of "climate action". To learn & share the facts, please make use of our film Take Back Your Power.

It's time for the "smart" era to end, and the wise one to begin.

Josh del Sol
producer & director

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