New NJ Law Warns Firefighters of Solar Panels

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 (

For more on the fire that spurred the legislation, consider Structural Firefighting: NJ Firefighters Battle Multi-Alarm Warehouse Fire and South Jersey Warehouse Solar Panels Hampered Firefighters.

For more on green building hazards, consider Solar Panels Pose Challenges for Firefighters, Solar Panels 101, and Green Building Challenges for the Fire Service.


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