Peace Arch News:

Published: April 12, 2011 3:00 PM

Wireless meter needs attention

Do ‘smart meters’ pose a health hazard?

People who are sensitive to the effects of electromagnetic radiation have the freedom to limit cellphone use or choose a wired computer connection, but smart meters take away the choice to manage radiation exposure even in our own home.

Thousands of people in Canada and the U.S. have reported symptoms from smart meters, ranging from headaches and insomnia to heart palpitations and seizures. Dozens of local governments in the U.S. have taken the evidence of health problems seriously enough to demand a halt to smart-meter installation.

Do smart meters pose a health hazard for everyone? It’s a valid question and there is certainly enough research to indicate caution until we have the answer. One thing is certain: smart meters are making some people sick, and that should be of concern to everyone.

A. Churchill, Surrey