Solar Power Safety
Solar power is considered to be a reasonably safe energy source. However, there are some solar power safety procedures that you should follow when you are working on some parts of a solar system. In particular, the batteries and solar panels require special attention.
When you are working around your solar power system batteries it’s a good idea to make sure there is someone close by in case you need help. Here are many reasons why this may be a good idea.
Automotive and solar batteries both contain battery acid. If your skin, eyes, or clothes comes in contact with the acid, you need to flush it off immediately.
Keep soap and water accessible in case you come in contact with battery acid. If you get it on your clothes, remove them immediately before the acid eats through them and gets on your skin. If you get acid in your eyes, flush them with water thoroughly and then seek medical attention immediately.
When working on the batter make sure you have the backup generator turned off. Any little spark can lead to an explosion. This means also to not smoke near the battery or allow any flame drop near the battery.
Removing metal jewelry or watches is another important part of solar power safety when you are next to the battery. A short circuit can cause the metal to fuse together possibly causing you intense burns.
When you are working on the solar panels there are also some safety procedures you should follow. First, in order to prevent them from producing electricity while you are working, you should cover up the panels so they cannot receive any sunlight.
You need to be cautious what you touch during solar panel installation. It isn’t safe to touch the terminals when they are exposed to light. You should also use insulated tools to work on the panels.
Don’t work on solar panels in the rain, as they do produce electricity. Also be careful because sparks may occur when you work in the panels. It’s also a good rule not to have flammable gases near the panels.
Children should never be allowed to play in the area where solar panels are being installed, as an unsecured solar panel may fall and break. Beside the danger of the falling panel, there is the hazard of broken glass.
The installation and maintenance of solar power are the areas when most of the solar power safety measures should be practiced. When compared to other energy types, solar power is still considered to be very safe. It doesn’t take a highly trained professional or many precautions to ensure the project runs smoothly without any injuries to yourself or others. Most people find it so simple that they need little help, if any at all.