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).
The meters emit radiofrequencies in the 902-to-928–MHz band, the same one used by baby monitors.
Hydro-Québec conducted a survey of all next-generation meters installed outdoors to check whether they meet Régie du bâtiment du Québec ...
a. If your propane tank is located between one and three metres from your meter, you don’t have to do ...