Easy and Practical Precautions for Keeping Your Home Safe from Fourth of July Fireworks

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With Independence Day right around the corner, Johnson Roofing offers Seattle area residents’ simple tips on how to keep their homes safe from legal, as well as not so legal fireworks.

The Fourth of July is a day of celebration that usually entails some combination of barbeque, beverages and some kind of fireworks. While professional fireworks displays remain the best way to experience the dazzling sights and sounds that have come to symbolize the birth of the United States, there are always those who feel compelled to carry on their own amateur renditions.

Regardless of the legality on these private displays, Johnson Roofing and Gutters, a Seattle roofer, would like to offer some simple advice on how to protect your home from fire damage due to errant fireworks. This advice can help to provide the independence that this holiday deserves, alleviating worries for those with plans that prevent them from actively monitoring their roof.

Remove Limbs
Illegal fireworks can burn rather hot for a brief period, but that is all it takes to catch a tree limb that is hanging too low on your roof. Make sure to cut back these limbs to reduce the amount of fuel available to start a serious fire. It is not a bad idea to remove these limbs anyway since most roof damage occurs because of fallen limbs during storms.

Clean the Gutters
Gutters are another place where dry material can collect and pose a hazard if exposed to flame. Pine needles, leaves and dried moss can catch fire very quickly, so keep them from collecting in gutters and flat areas. As if you needed another reason to keep gutters cleaned.

Inspect the Roof for Damage
While many of the materials that have been used for roofing tiles are made from petroleum products, even more flammable are the structures found underneath that they protect. Holes in the roof can allow sparks into the attic where internal structures can catch. Even old, dry tarpaper and sheathing can be a fire danger. Inspect your roof for peace of mind well before the end of June, and call an experienced professional Seattle roofer if repairs or replacement is necessary.

Know your Neighbors
The best advice is to know your neighbors well enough to evaluate how worried you should be regarding their activities on the Fourth. With familiarity, you should be able to determine what their plans are, while creating a rapport that fosters respect for your property. If you can’t be there to keep an eye on your property, a good neighbor may be able to help you out.

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