Rooftop Solar Panels An Added Risk If There Is A Fire

Firefighters: Solar panels are risky during fires

The weight of residential solar panels is equivalent to an extra layer of shingles. That may not sound like much, but firefighters say the extra weight could make your roof collapse much faster in a fire.


Firefighters say solar panels limit access to do vertical ventilation, which could impact the time it would take to put out a fire.


“If we were to throw a ladder to the roof and the ladder would puncture the solar panels,” said McAllister, “that could cause an electrocution to the members who were putting the ladders on the roof.”

Seems to be an unintended consequence of the solar panels.

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