Boston's FOX25 covers potential risks of rooftop solar panels to firefighters

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Jul 28, 2015

As homes and buildings are increasingly powered by renewable sources of energy, Boston’s FOX25 news station aired a story on the growing use of rooftop solar panels and the risks they can present to firefighters when fighting a fire. Ken Willette, NFPA division manager of public fire protection, was interviewed for the segment and reinforced those potential hazards. He noted that more widespread training is needed to better protect firefighters in fire incidents where solar panels are present.


For more information on solar energy and firefighter safety, take a look at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s report, “Fire Fighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems”, which was originally published in May 2010 and revised in October 2013.