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Created On: 19 April 2017 09:48 PM
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 19 April 2017 09:48 PM
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AncientMariner

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From our local newspaper The Leader on 17th April.

Firefighters were called to the incident in Saltney at about 9:45pm on Thursday.
A spokesman from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said a smart meter was involved in the blaze which caused minor damage to the house.

To my knowledge, the current path in all electronic type meters is fairly robust, so I wonder whether the problem here was the terminations, or style of?

Anyway, did the Smart Meter call for help?

Clive

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 19 April 2017 10:05 PM
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spinlondon

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Bloody plastic meters.
 19 April 2017 10:55 PM
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AJJewsbury

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A spokesman from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said a smart meter was involved in the blaze which caused minor damage to the house.

"Involved in" doesn't necessarily mean "cause of" - perhaps the fire started in the steel clad CU and the heat conducted along the thick copper tails (having no other means of escape) victimised the innocent meter?
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 19 April 2017 10:56 PM
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broadgage

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Without any knowledge of the details, I would strongly suspect that a loose connection into the smart meter and not the meter itself was the cause.
 20 April 2017 12:34 AM
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mapj1

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good job its not in London, we'd be looking at metal clad metering next

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 20 April 2017 07:49 AM
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gel

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I had a smart meter installed by OVO but have since swopped for a 2 year deal with SSE.
They can't read OVO's meters remotely.
I wonder who now owns my meter?

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 20 April 2017 09:38 AM
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AncientMariner

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Hi Mike
Don't forget here in Wales we have a slightly different Part P, so I am now expecting changes which will require the use of slate consumer units or switchboards in residential properties.
It goes without saying that apparatus at low level also has to be sheep proof.

Cheers!

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 21 April 2017 01:22 PM
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mikejumper

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Originally posted by: AncientMariner
Don't forget here in Wales we have a slightly different Part P, so I am now expecting changes which will require the use of slate consumer units or switchboards in residential properties.

Well I hope using the local rock doesn't catch on or we'll end up with CU's made of chalk down here.

Although there is the advantage that if does catch fire the lime residue can be used to fertilise the garden.
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