July 15, 2014 6:07 pm

SaskPower halting smart meter installations after several fires

SaskPower, SaskEnergy to begin installation of smart meters in Saskatoon and around the province.

Eric Beck / Global News

REGINA – SaskPower is temporarily suspending its installation of smart meters around the province after half a dozen have caught fire in recent weeks.

SaskPower has installed over 100,000 meters since they started the program back in October of 2013 but since the beginning of June, six fires have been connected to the devices.

SaskPower will not be installing any more until their investigation is complete, which could take several weeks.

“We’re just taking some extra steps to ensure we’ve done all the right things here,” said Tyler Hopson, a spokesperson for SaskPower. “And whether we can further mitigate risks or not, that’s something that we hope to learn.”

Once the investigation results are available they will be made public.

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