Are rooftop solar panels a fire hazard?


Like other household appliances, solar systems are rated and certified for electrical safety. Solar panel certification labs across the nation certify electrical safety and performance of new solar panel technologies before they can be sold in the market. 

Several firefighters have suggested and developed arrangements of solar installations that can be placed on roofs in a way that does not interfere with firefighting work. The 2012 International Building Code and International Fire Code addressed safety concerns related to solar roof top system placement, which allow firefighters to fight fires with solar panels on site.

Licensed photo by Lars Bjorkevoll