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Fire Prevention and Protection: New NJ Law Warns Firefighters of Solar Panels

01/27/2014
New legislation signed this week by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie mandates that building owners must notify local fire officials of roof-mounted solar panels. The law stems from a massive fire last July at the Dietz & Watson distribution center, in which firefighters were encountered a roof almost covered with solar panels and were unable to fight the fire from above. The Courier-Post notes that only one and two-family residences are exempt from the new law, which requires posting of an emblem on a building's front entrance to signify the presence of roof top solar panels (http://mycj.co/1btbOxT). For more on the fire that spurred the legislation, consider Structural F...

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