• With about 111 million advanced meters currently operating safely in the U.S. as of 2021, the PUD is confident advanced meters are safe for Lewis County. However, some of our residents have brought up concerns about exposure to radio frequency emissions from advanced meters.
  • Advanced meters do use low energy radio frequency (RF) to transmit data. Radio frequency is a form of electromagnetic energy used by a number of household devices like cell phones, baby monitors, and WiFi routers to transmit information. Unlike those household devices, our meters can be programmed to transmit signals as infrequently as once every 4 hours, meaning total transmission time is far less than 1 minute per day.
  • In one 30 minute cell phone call you receive more signal than an advanced meter produces in 20 years.
  • The meters transmit 1,000 milliwatts (mW) for approximately 1.5 seconds every 2 to 4 hours at a typical distance of 10 feet away, whereas cell phones transmit 600 milliwatts (mW) continuously when in use at a typical distance of 1 centimeter away.
  • RF Safety and Honeywell Smart Grid Technology (PDF)