Warn­ing over bo­gus safety in­for­ma­tion about so­lar pan­els

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Peter­bor­ough res­i­dents are be­ing urged to be vig­i­lant over bo­gus in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing so­lar pan­els.

It is un­der­stood at least one com­pany has ad­vised cus­tomers with so­lar pan­els on their homes that, without a ‘kill switch’ to shut down their power sup­ply, fire crews will not at­tempt to fight a fire at the prop­erty be­cause of the risk of elec­tro­cu­tion.

But Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Ser­vice says this is com­pletely in­cor­rect. Fire pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer Emma Massey said: “Pro­ce­dures are in place to re­spond to ev­ery type of in­ci­dent in the safest pos­si­ble way, and this in­cludes re­spond­ing to fires in­volv­ing so­lar pan­els.

“With this in mind do not at­tempt to tackle a fire your­self based on these ru­mours. Our ad­vice is al­ways get out, stay out and call 999.”

Peter­bor­ough Trad­ing Stan­dards says if you have any con­cerns about vis­its or calls from high-pres­sure sales com­pa­nies, call The Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Con­sumer Ser­vice on 03454040506.

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