Solar panel fire - Castle Hill
Published: 12 Sep 2020 09:23am
Shortly before 9:30am, 12 September, Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Castle Hill and Beecroft Fire Stations were called to a home on Old Northern Road, Castle Hill after a Triple Zero (000) call reported a solar panel fire.
Crews arrived to find the isolation switch box on the roof of the home on fire. A secondary switch near the inverter was activated to shut down the system while firefighters used CO2 extinguishers to extinguish the blaze.
The fire was contained to the solar panel system and did not extend to the roof of the property.
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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