September 19, 2023

Fire and Solar Panels: What You Need To Know


Your panels could catch fire for several reasons. These include the following:

  • Lightning
  • Power surges (e.g., over voltage)
  • Poorly designed products or systems
  • Component defects
  • Improper installation 

All these factors can cause your system to have hot spots, which can lead to a fire. On a more technical note, they can lead to arcs between your system’s energy conductors and the ground. 

So, are solar panels a fire hazard? Technically, yes. But they’re not nearly as common as other types of house fire hazards.

It’s relatively well known that solar panels contain live wires, meaning they constantly transmit electricity and therefore shouldn’t be tampered with. The same goes for any electrical device that’s plugged into a wall or connected to an energy source.

Wires need to be insulated. Otherwise they release heat, which is what causes short circuits, reversed circuits, arc faults and more. 

This is a major reason you shouldn’t attempt to install a solar panel system yourself. It’s not really a DIY sort of project because far too many risks are involved. 

But it’s extremely unlikely that solar panels will simply get too hot from their day-to-day energy generation. Solar panels are designed to withstand heat. So, even if you live in some of the hottest states (such as Florida, Texas and even Colorado), there is minimal risk of panels catching fire because they can withstand the amount of heat they absorb from the sun.


Here are some ways you can help prevent your solar panels from catching fire. 

Choose A Trusted Solar Installer

You should always rely on your solar provider or a trusted service professional to install solar panels. It’s one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of a solar panel fire. 

Lifestyle Solar is one of the most trusted solar providers in California. We ensure quick and correct solar installation at your home or business to prevent fire and other risks. 

Doing your research to learn about a company’s reputation and how many years of experience it has under its belt is crucial. But you should also look at its technician team and check whether it has the required licenses to install solar systems. 

A trustworthy, credible business will always have the appropriate, up-to-date licenses and industry certificates representing the knowledge and skill to expertly install solar products. And as a result, your panels will avoid high risk of fire breakouts.

Buy Quality Solar Products 

Quality is important with practically anything you’re thinking of buying, but it’s especially important for solar panels and other solar products. 

Think about it this way: A solar panel system is something you’ll have for decades to come, so why not invest in the best? It’ll even save you money in the long run in terms of potential maintenance, repair work or replacements needed after your warranty period expires. 

Compared to high-quality solar panels, low-quality panels have a higher chance of malfunctioning and causing fires. This is because premium panels are better made, without flammable frames and mounting systems. 

Keep Up With Maintenance

As with any home improvement or technical product, routine maintenance is important. 

Solar panel systems are electrical systems, and they certainly require regular maintenance to sustain high performance levels. Maintenance doesn’t mean deconstructing your entire system. But even removing dirt, debris, snow and more from your panels will keep them functioning optimally. 

You should also watch for frays or holes in cabling from pests or rodents. Faulty cabling is one of the biggest solar panel fire risks. But this doesn’t mean you have to climb onto your roof and poke around. 

Call your solar provider and ask that a service professional visit and inspect your system. This service is usually part of your warranty agreement. 

Avoid DIY Installation

It might be tempting to install a solar system yourself, maybe because of the cost. However, this is never a good idea, especially if you’re uncertified. Solar providers usually include installation costs in the final purchase payout anyway. 

Installing your own solar panels is not only risky but also leads to stress and not having peace of mind that your system is properly set up. If anything is incorrectly connected, there’s a higher fire risk.

Always rely on your solar provider or a hired service professional to install your panels. 

Solar panel systems are complex. And because of that complexity, only trained electricians and solar installation experts should set them up. Relying on professionals will rid you of liability, ensure your system is secure and greatly reduce the risk of solar panel fire. 


Any local fire department will carry out their actions based on fire regulations for solar panels.

Because solar systems contain live wires, they are certainly a potential risk to firefighters. So if you’re a solar panel owner, you should label them in some way on your home or property. In the event of a solar panel house fire, let firefighters or the police know over the phone that you have solar panels installed on-site. 

This will help emergency professionals take the proper steps once they reach your home or business. The first action they’ll likely take is switching off the system. Then, they’ll determine the cause of the fire once it’s been extinguished.

You should take solar panel fire safety incredibly seriously if you or your neighbors own solar panels. Solar panels aren’t a common cause of house fires, but they’re still a risk. Make sure you take the proper measures to keep you and your family, home, community and environment safe.


If you’re interested in going solar and working with some of the most trusted solar professionals in the industry, contact us. We provide JA solar panels, the highest-rated panels on the market, and ensure our technicians have all the licenses required for installation. 

Call (559) 228-0229 or email us at, and one of our solar experts will be in touch!

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