Solar Panel Fire - Ingleburn
Published: 26 Aug 2020 09:28am
Fire and Rescue NSW responded to a Triple Zero (000) call earlier this morning after smoke was reportedly coming from a switch connected to solar panels on a roof.
Crews from Macquarie Fields and St Andrews Fire Stations arrived at a home on Kings Road, Ingleburn and established that smoke was coming from an inverter in the roof, quickly gaining access to shut down the power at both the panel inverter switch and roof switch.
Residents of the home self evacuated and there were no injuries reported.
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".
"By ensuring solar panels are installed by a licensed installer, and are well maintained by a professional, you can prevent a tragedy” he said.
For more information on solar panel safety, visit the Fair Trading website.
Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm
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41 Carlisle Street, Ingleburn NSW 2565
8 Brooks Street, Macquarie Fields NSW 2564
9 Swettenham Road, St Andrews NSW 2566