Solar Panel Fire - Niagara Park

Published: 10 Jan 2021 11:36am

Just after 11:30am this morning Fire and Rescue NSW responded to a Triple Zero (000) call to reports of solar panels alight on the roof of a house in Crestwood Ave, Niagara Park

On arrivals Fire crews found a small amount of smoke issuing and continued to investigate.

Crews found the smoke severely damaged an Isolation Box on the roof for the Solar Panels. Crews checked thoroughly for any fire extension to the remaining roof and premises,
Power was disconnected to the solar panels and rendered safe. Panels were also covered

Rural Fire Service were in attendance along with police

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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