Smart Meters

Are smart meters safe?

If you’re wondering whether smart meters are safe, the short answer is yes.

The government intends for every home in the UK to have been offered a smart meter by the end of 2020. But before this was decided, the products had to go through a series of rigorous checks to make sure they were safe enough to be placed in our homes.

What safety regulations are smart meters subject to? 

When any new piece of tech comes into our lives, it’s understandable to have concerns about how safe it is. That’s why product safety legislation exists: to test products on our behalf, and make sure they’re safe enough to use in our homes.

All smart meters are covered by both UK and EU product safety legislation.

What about the radio waves?

Smart meters use radio waves to communicate with your in-home display and your energy provider. You can find out more about how smart meters work here. To date, there is no evidence that the radio waves emitted from smart meters might be harmful.

Public Health England has also done extensive smart meter safety testing on many different types of device. The results found that exposure to radio waves from smart meters is well below international guidelines set by the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection).

In fact, the tests found that everyday devices such as mobile phones and WiFi routers send out far more radio waves than smart meters. So if you’re worried about the health risks of smart meters, you needn’t be.  

If you’d like to find out more about smart meters and health, visit the Public Health England website

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