Solar Panel Fire - West Tamworth
Published: 16 Feb 2021 10:56am
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) was called to a West Tamworth smash repairer in Belmore Street at 10.56am today following a fire in a solar panel.
On arrival firefighters discovered the solar power inverter alight, which was connected to the structure.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by isolating the solar power and using powder-based extinguishers.
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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