Fire fighters want better safeguards – Solar Panel Fires

Fire fighters want better safeguards

Firefighters want better safeguards when facing the dangers posed by the country’s fastest-growing source of renewable energy.

Fire and Rescue NSW wants solar panels equipped with a power shut-off capability at the meter box to lessen the risk of live power running through the roof.

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council is researching the potential dangers of the increasingly popular technology.

ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain said the main concern was electrocution.

”The potential danger with solar panels installed on house roofs is that the power is live between the solar panel and the meter box at the structure,” he said.

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