The Town of Erie Smart Meters specifically utilize radiofrequency (RF) technology. This frequency is part of the electromagnetic spectrum which represents no known health hazards. Radio and television broadcasting, cellphones, personal communications services (PCS), pagers, cordless telephones, business radio, radio communications for police and fire departments, amateur radio, internet routers, smart TVs, and any satellite communications are just a few of the many telecommunications applications of RF energy.
When considering any risks to exposure - key factors are the power and frequency of the emission as well as distance from the device and time of exposure. Smart Meters emit significantly lower exposure levels than most other typical devices and meet or exceed all Federal Communications Commission testing and certification. Additionally, the transmitter for the Smart Meter is almost always located outside of your home and much further away than other typical devices that use higher frequencies of RF technology.
The Town of Erie Public Works does not currently have an option for opting out of this service and as a utility customer, Erie finds it in the best interest of the Town to have Smart Meters installed on every home by 2026. Please refer to Municipal Code 6-6-5 “Tampering with utility meter” for additional reference. For more information regarding RF technologies please visit: www.fcc.gov/general/radio-frequency-safety-0