To transmit the recorded data, the new meters emit RF energy intermittently several times a day, for a few milliseconds each time, totaling less than 90 seconds a day.
It’s important to know that the RF exposure levels for the new meters are approximately 55,000 times lower than the threshold recommended by Health Canada.
Health Canada says that “in cases where multiple smart meters are installed together, as in some townhouses or high-rise buildings, the total exposure levels from multiple smart meters will still be far below Health Canada’s RF energy exposure limits, due to the infrequent nature of transmissions.”
In December 2011, after a technical survey of next-generation meters, Health Canada issued a specific notice stating: “Based on this information, Health Canada has concluded that exposure to RF energy from smart meters does not pose a public health risk.”
The RF emission level measured 1 m away from a next-generation meter is approximately 55,000 times less than Health Canada limits. No matter how close you are to the meter, it’s safe.
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