rooftop solar panels pose dangers, ontario firefighters say

by:Tunto     2020-03-03
Firefighters across Ontario are focusing on alternative energy sources, especially solar panels.
Some people say that solar panels on roofs make fire extinguishing difficult and dangerous for firefighters.
Kingsville Fire Chief Bob Kissner teaches a course in modern home fire fighting in Ontario. In Windsor-
Essex also teaches a regional course on fire fighting in buildings equipped with solar panels.
He says solar panels can affect their ability to cut off roof vents.
In some cases, it is a danger of electric shock.
And it will weaken, which means it may collapse more easily than a full-strength roof.
\"Many new houses are built with light. -
The building materials are weighed.
They\'re very strong, but they don\'t perform well under fire conditions, \"said Kissner, who has been putting out fires for 33 years.
\"If we have solar panels, it will increase the weight of the roof.
The most important thing is to ensure that the structure can bear weight.
\"Panels have also changed the way firefighters put out fires.
Kisner says firefighters can\'t walk on them or walk through them.
\"Sometimes, we need to cut off roof ventilation and let hot smoke and heat out,\" Kissner said.
\"If there are panels, we have to do it at the end of the gable.
\"Fire departments can\'t close some panels at all, Kissner said.
\"As long as the light shines on them, they can and probably generate electricity,\" Kissner said.
\"Many panels cannot be closed.
\"We need a solar technician to cut off the power supply.
\"We can turn off the power of the converter, but we always assume that the wire from the panel to the converter is live.
Joseph Papic\'s unconquered sun is in Windsor, Ontario.
He called the firefighters\'concerns \"groundless\".
\"From our point of view, no problem.
It\'s more like an education issue than a security issue.
He said solar panels covering the roof \"weigh no more than one tile\".
American officials. S.
It also hints at similar concerns about solar panels.
Two weeks ago in New Jersey, a huge 11-
The alarm fire destroyed 300,000 people. -square-
Foot Food Warehouse.
Firefighters had to retreat during the battle because the roof was completely covered. -
Charged solar panels.
\"With so much energy and energy, I can\'t endanger a person\'s life,\" Delanco fire chief Ron Holt told NBC News.
However, PAPIC says that once the building\'s power is cut off, the solar panels will be dead.
Earlier this year, in Ontario, the North Dumfries City Council passed a regulation requiring all companies installing alternative energy sources to notify Fire Chief Robert Sands at least 30 days before installation. Windsor, Ontario.
Similar systems are in place.
Enwin Utilities provides Windsor Fire and Rescue with information on approved installation of solar panels.
\"We should be aware that we are dealing with solar panels on the roof,\" said Paul Akton, a training officer for the Windsor Fire Department.
In Kingsville, however, Kissner said commercial buildings needed permits for solar panels.
But for residential buildings, this is not always the case.
\"The problem is that if a homeowner decides to let them go, there may or may not be a license revoked.
It may be hard to see them, \"Kisner said.
The nearby Tecumseh Fire and Rescue Department is expected to eventually have problems.
\"You begin to see when you drive along every street. . .
More and more solar panels are rising, \"said Nick Jovanovic, a Tecumseh firefighter.
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