Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on Jan 14, 2008 at 1:21 pm
Research Reference for your review, neighbors,
While homeowners are tallying up their energy bills and taking
into account their family's carbon footprint, there's one scenario that most people overlook when they consider switching to solar: What happens if the house catches on fire?
It's not that solar panels increase the risk of fire - they don't. The concern is that they create a risky situation for firefighters, potentially putting live electric current in their path and requiring them to change how they attack a structure fire.
"Firefighters are a little scared of it," said Woodside Fire Marshal
Denise Enea. "Nobody wants to get electrocuted." The Woodside Fire Protection District recently created guidelines intended to keep firefighters safe, but solar installers and some green energy proponents are worried that the restrictions go too far, and will put solar energy out of reach for many homeowners.
CDSI courtesy reading reference
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