Solar panel fire - Forster
Published: 11 Sep 2020 12:09pm
Just after midday today Fire and Rescue NSW received multiple Triple Zero (000) calls to a unit fire in Churchill Rd, Forster.
Crews from Forster and Taree Fire Stations arrived on scene and discovered a fire that had started after solar panels on the roof of the home caught alight.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and no one was injured as a result.
Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said it was important to take steps to ensure solar panels were as safe as possible.
"Over the last five years we have seen solar panel related fires increase five-fold. It is not uncommon to see solar panels cause house and building fires," he said.
“By ensuring solar panels are installed by a licensed installer, and are well maintained by a professional, you can prevent a tragedy."
For more information on solar panel safety, visit the Fair Trading website.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm
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