Southern California Edison Reminds Customers to Stay Safe: Tampering with Electric Meters is Dangerous

December 01, 2011

Media Contact: David Song (626) 302-2255
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ROSEMEAD, Calif., Dec. 1, 2011 — Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds customers that tampering with electric meters or equipment the utility employs to deliver or measure electricity use is dangerous and illegal.

SCE's Edison SmartConnect program involves installing smart meters for nearly 5 million residential and small-business customers in SCE’s service area. Trained electrical workers are doing the work. 

To allow SCE employees and contractors to complete their jobs safely, SCE reminds customers to keep the meter area clear for easy access. For their safety, customers should never attempt to alter, exchange, service or block access to the meter and electric panel.

Customers should be able to identify an SCE employee or contractor. Most, but not all, SCE employees who might visit your home for meter reading or other services wear uniforms. Employees carry an SCE identification card with the company name and logo, and a color employee photo. Those performing most of the smart meter installations also carry identification indicating they are SCE-approved contractors.

For additional questions about meter safety or other electrical safety information, visit www.sce.com/safety or call SCE at 800-655-4555.

About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

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Southern California Edison Reminds Customers to Stay Safe: Tampering with Electric Meters is Dangerous