Solar Panel Safety
You can enjoy some immense cost-saving benefits from solar panels, efficiently heating and powering your home and doing your part to keep our earth green. Reading through the following safety will help you simply enjoy the benefits and prevent any dangerous accidents from occurring while installing or enjoying your new solar panels.
Most solar panel installations feature increased efficiency and higher power outputs when they feature placements most directly in line with the sun. This usually means that you’ll need to get elevated in order to put up your solar panel structure. But before you hop up on the roof to do so, it’s an excellent idea if you purchase a safety harness. Rigging yourself up in a harness can be an absolute life saver if you ever slip and fall off your roof. Take a look at various safety helmets to complement this harness—any harness, sports or construction will be better than nothing!
Work in pairs! Working with a friend, neighbor or family member will insure that you never become stranded on the roof during installation, that you never become trapped under heavy fallen objects, or so that you can receive immediate medical care if you are hurt during the process. Employing this simple buddy system can make all the difference in a safe and smooth solar panel installation process.
And since the main purpose of solar panels is to help you wield the power of the sun, that means you’ll be in direct exposure of some powerful rays. You must protect your skin against harmful UV rays by regularly applying suntan lotion throughout the day (the more you sweat, the more you need to apply). Increase your protection against UV rays by purchasing specially tinted safety goggles to protect your eyes while you work. These will also protect you against flying debris as well.
But your skin isn’t the only thing under risk of burning—make sure that there are no combustible materials within direct contact of the solar panels. The heat produced by these panels as well as the sheer reflective qualities can be enough to start a number of different materials on fire and destroy your entire structure.
You’ll also need to make sure that you properly fasten all new materials. This will prevent your panels from becoming detached during periods of high winds. This may include the need to construct an additional base or fortified foundation upon which to fasten your panels. Some structures may not provide a sufficient enough base to safely hold down your panels.