FEARS are already raised that firefighters could acquire electrical shocks from solar power systems even though combating blazes during the daytime, with Australian and New Zealand authorities now carrying out investigations into the dangers for those around the front line.
The ACT has recorded a 10-fold raise inside the quantity of photovoltaic units set up within the past year, with ACTPLA reporting that more than half of those failed their very first safety inspection.
The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council is studying the dangers of solar systems on behalf of all brigades.
Having said that, the ACT Emergency Solutions Agency mentioned it was believed there was a lesser opportunity of electrocution from solar panels, as the energy from the panels was direct present, than from 240-volt mains energy, which is alternating existing.
The Tasmanian Fire Service first raised the alarm about solar power systems in 2009, when it issued a safety alert, which has a short while ago been circulated amongst ACT firefighters.
It warned that tips from the Electrical Requirements and Security, the electrical regulator, recommended a prospective daytime hazard from power created by solar grids.
”Even when isolated with the buildings fuse box the program remains reside between the solar panels, the inverter as well as the fuse/switch board,” it stated.
”This presents a prospective DC electrical shock hazard for firefighters at structure fires by way of daylight hours.”
A second hazard also existed exactly where excess electrical power from the process was fed to the wider electrical distribution grid.
”This effectively negates any attempt to isolate nearby electrical supplies by Transend [the owner and operator from the electrical energy transmission method in Tasmania],” the safety alert warned.
An ESA spokesman mentioned once the analysis was completed the fire authorities council would liaise with business about any product safety troubles identified.