Fire services dispel solar power myth

South Australia's fire services have moved to correct a growing assumption about house fires at properties where solar power is installed.

An urban myth has evolved, with many members of the public showing concern that fire services might allow houses with solar power supply to burn to the ground due to a risk to fire-fighters.

Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) District Officer of Community Safety, Allan Foster said the myth is completely incorrect.

'South Australia's MFS and CFS fire-fighters are well trained to handle structure fires and to mitigate any risks involved – this includes fires at properties with solar power supply.

'I'd like to assure the public that no matter what power supply exists at a property, fire-fighters are well prepared and educated to bring a fire under control,' District Officer Foster said.

MFS Media Line (08) 8204 3770 or the CFS Media Line on (08) 8212 9849

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