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Can next-generation meters catch fire?

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No. In the few cases of fire reported elsewhere, experts have demonstrated that the customer’s meter socket, or base, was defective in some way. If a socket breaks when a meter is being replaced, the installer calls in a master electrician.

Next-generation meters are approved by Measurement Canada and they are safe.

In November 2013, the Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec issued a reminder of the importance of inspecting the socket regularly (in French).

https://www.cmeq.org/professionnels-de-lelectricite/actualites/fiche-dactualite/la-securite-electrique-il-faut-y-voir/

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