Solar Panel Fire - Pemulwuy
Published: 15 Mar 2021 01:32pm
Fire crews from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) have extinguished an electrical fire that broke out in the a solar panel unit of a home on Waiana, Street Pemulwuy just after 1.30pm today.
On arrival firefighters found a small electrical fire had started near the control panel of the solar panel system on the side of the home.
The solar panel unit had only recently been installed in the home.
Superintendent Graham Kingsland from the Fire Investigation and Research Unit 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: 25 Oct 2022 04:16pm
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