Residential solar energy has many benefits. However, consumers must be aware of and plan for potential safety concerns before making a purchase:
- Solar panels and their wires conduct electricity, including lighting. Properly grounding panels with non-corrosive, insulated wires will go a long way to eliminating electricity-related safety concern.
- Rooftop solar panels may make it more difficult for first-responders to access rooftops in an emergency.
- Solar cells contain potentially harmful chemicals. Handling them carefully and properly will prevent harm.
- Solar panels get extremely warm and instances exist were they have caused fires. Proper installation will ensure that this does not occur.
Always consult your solar installation expert to understand the latest safety technology and ensure that panels are properly installed and maintained.
Please follow these links for more information:
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SolarWorld Recalls Solar Systems with Copper Grounding Lugs Due to Electrocution, Electric Shock or Fire Hazard
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