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Jul 11, 2014 6:50 PM

Solar Panels at Center of Firefighter Training Conference

CORPUS CHRISTI-Firefighters from all over the area were in town today to get some special training on how to battle fires at homes with solar panels.

More and more homeowners in South Texas are outfitting their homes with solar panels to generate electricity and save money. Most of those panels are installed on the roof.

That can be good and all, but those panels could be a problem if your home ever catches fire.

When fighting a fire, often times, firefighters will cut a hole in the roof to act as an exhaust vent.

Kenneth Urban, Battalion Chief for the Corpus Christi Fire Department, says if a home with a solar panel catches fire, that can cause trouble for fire fighters.
"It can cause a hindrance, on where we place our ventilation holes, that's really the biggest factor".

During the daylong conference, they also learned how to effectively shut down solar panels, to prevent damage and to prevent firefighters from the danger of electrical shock.

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