Kristin Fisher – WSUA-9
WASHINGTON (WUSA) — Several Pepco [an electrical utility in Maryland and the District of Columbia] customers say they’re experiencing irregular heartbeats, headaches, and dizziness after wireless smart meters were installed at their homes.
Smart Meters communicate with utility companies using wireless technology, which means they emit the same kind of radiation as cell phones.
“Ever since this smart meter was installed, I’ve been dizzy and my heart’s been beating fast,” said Hepsie Bohman, a Pepco customer who lives in Potomac. “I even went to my doctor and I was informed that I now have an irregular heart rate.”
Bohman’s next-door neighbor, Laura Simon, says she too has experienced similar symptoms after her old, analog meter was replaced with a smart meter.
“I felt my heart rate speed up and I felt a little bit charged,” said Simon.
Pepco did notify customers by mail about the meter change, but both Simon and Bohman are frustrated that the power company installed the smart meter when they weren’t home.
“I didn’t like that Pepco can just show up and change my meter without my permission, especially since it’s giving off radiation,” said Simon….
…”I think it’s not fair. We’re not lab rats,” said Simon. “We should be able to decide in our own homes how much radiation we have. ” Read more.