CUC smart meters and emissions

| 31/08/2017

How dangerous is the radiation from CUC’s smart meters? Also, how far away should the meters be from frequently used rooms?

Auntie’s answer: I can understand your concern, especially as every day something else seems to get added to the list of electronics that can be harmful. The radiation referred to is the electromagnetic frequency (EMF) emissions that are also produced to various degrees by such things as radio towers, microwaves, cell phones, laptops and cordless telephones.

I asked electricity producer CUC to address your questions about their smart meters and on the scale of emissions, the amount measured from those devices is on the very low end of the spectrum.

They gave me a flyer on the meters, which you can read here. A CUC representative also summarised the information: “The effects of external exposure to EMF on the human body and its cells depend mainly on the EMF frequency and magnitude or strength. The smart meters that CUC have chosen to use operate at around 900 megahertz (MHz), which is similar to a household cordless telephone and emits far less EMF than many of the common electronic devices we use each day in our homes such as our microwaves or laptop computers.

“These meters transmit for a total of one minute each day. These meters fall within the limits outlined in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radio frequency (RF) maximum permissible exposure (MPE) levels for such devices.”

In addition, regarding your other query about what is considered a safe distance to install the meter, the CUC representative said, “There is no minimum requirement.”

I realise that there are other schools of thought about the relative safety and harm of smart meters, along with all other common sources of EMF, but for the purpose of answering your question, I thought we could start with what CUC had to say on the issue.


Category: Ask Auntie, Health Questions

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  1. Anonymous says:

    ….except for visible light and infrared EMF, we can not perceive any of these energies without instruments designed to find them. The problem is our brain senses them all without sensation being perceived consciously.
    This is why modern people do not realize how we have abruptly added massive manmade EMF’s to our environment…For 4 billion years, the energies that surrounded life was were simple. There was the Schumann resonance; which essentially was a weak ELF electromagnetic field modulated by the micro-pulsations, sculpted by the solar and lunar cycles. There were random bursts of of static electricity from lightening centered at 10,000 Hz and they reverberated over the entire Earth’s surface at any time. 3000-5000 of these strikes happen simultaneously. There were weak radio signals from distant stars. Light was present from our sun. UV and infrared was the most abundant form of EMF on the surface of the planet for 4 billion years. We perceive infrared EMF by sensing the heating of tissues. This heating effect is called the Schwan guideline, and it only takes in to account the thermal effects of EMF. The reason Schwan used this method initially is it was the only way to easily quantify EMF’s using temperature. That is easy to measure. If you own a microwave oven you know it too when you heat up something in it. But here is where our problem began. The biologic effects from EMF are not from the thermal release of energy. It is from the non thermal effects. Today our current standards for technology are still based upon the thermal standards alone. Schwan set it at 10,000 millivolts. You will soon see why this is the greatest risk to your health you face today. (Dr. Jack Kruse, neurosurgeon).

  2. bob says:

    You are and have been all your life bombarded by solar radiation, cosmic Ray’s, x-rays, gamma rays and more and you think a device like a smart meter is dangerous!! Read some science in the different kinds of radiation, ionizing, and non-ionizing. Do you use a microwave oven, cell phone, listen to CD’s or anything like that? Education is the key here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not true. Speak for yourself. And if you choose to have a smart meter on a side of your home, so be it. Let others decide for themselves. In Florida for example, you can make such a choice- smart vs. analog meter.

      Google “San Diego State University Brain Cancer Cluster from Cell Tower?”

      Educate yourself: “EMF 5: What are the Biologic Effects of EMF?” He backs up EVERYTHING he says with hard core data.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wow. Just read this.
        Don’t miss reading the comments on this article about the San Diego State University.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You can get your tin foil hats at Costs U Less. Alarmist nonsense

    • Unison says:

      My friend, there is nothing alarmist about the concerns of cancer and electromatic fields!

      Besides, Auntie gives us CUC’s STATEMENT. Do you seriously think CUC will not protect its name and reputation???


  4. Lola says:

    Maybe the reason for the high rate of cancer in the Cayman Islands?

  5. Anonymous says:

    If the meters were safe. They wouldn’t be on the cancer society website. Ya know? “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” is what they rate it as.

  6. Anonymous says:

    A blatant lie. You don’t need Auntie for that. There is Google for that. There is even “Take back your power”documentary about it. Up to 19,000 transmissions a day!

    • Unison says:

      Hmmm … So at what distance then should that lightpole with a transmetter be from my house??? ?

      • Anonymous says:

        Soon they would start rolling out 5G. This could mean wireless antennas on every lamp post, utility pole, home and business throughout entire neighborhoods, towns and cities.
        Skin, eyes, heart electrophysiology would be affected and much more. And they say if you have tattoos, lots of it, especially red ink, you might start having mysterious health issues your doctor would not be able to figure out.

    • Unison says:

      Here’s a link to the Official Trailer, “Take back your power”

      • Anonymous says:

        The trailer is a bit misleading, the actual documentary has lots of hard core scientific data that compares nnEMF (non-native EMF fields) from many sources to those of the smart meters.
        FULL documentary:

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed , a blatant lie took years to find out cells phones cause cancer money trumps the truth every time