B.C. Hydro says its smart meters safe after fires force SaskPower to pull meters

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VANCOUVER - B.C. Hydro insists its smart meters are safe as Saskatchewan announces it is going back to traditional meters over public safety concerns following several fires.

Greg Alexis with B.C. Hydro says there is no evidence its meters have caused any fires in B.C., and it uses a different a manufacturer than SaskPower.

Alexis says a safety check of the meter's socket is completed during every installation of a new smart meter and any problems are repaired.

Smart meters have been installed in 99 per cent of B.C. homes and businesses and Energy Minister Bill Bennett says he's unaware of any problems with the meters.

Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, told a news conference in Regina that all 105,000 smart meters will be removed after at least eight meters caught fire in the last months.

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