Smart meters are an important part of FPL's investment in smart grid technologies to build a stronger, smarter, cleaner electric system. Some customers have asked whether there are potential health effects from the radio frequencies (RF) emitted from smart meters.
Independent studies have concluded that smart meters emit radio frequencies at levels that are far below the federal government's limits for health and safety -- and a fraction of other common household devices.
Here are the facts:
- FPL's smart meters comply fully with health and safety standards developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
- They operate at levels that are hundreds of times lower than the FCC limit.
- Many household devices used by people every day -- TVs, cell phones, microwave ovens and wireless computer networks -- emit RF.
- After the initial performance test is complete, the low-power radios in smart meters are inactive as much as 99 percent of the time.
- Unlike many other common household devices that transmit via RF, smart meter radios only transmit and receive data in short pulses lasting just a few seconds.
See our Fact Sheet for additional information about RF. Review the Executive Summary by SiteSafe, independent RF compliance experts, regarding FPL smart meters and associated equipment. Go to Resources for other helpful sources of information.