The fireworks industry in America is a billion dollar market. With that much money being spent on pyrotechnics, it should be no surprise so many people are wondering, “Is my roof safe from fireworks?” The short answer is both yes and no.
Modern roofing materials are designed to be fire resistant. Some commercial roofs use tar and fire to set each layer properly. Residential roofing like shingles, metal, and slate are generally safe.
However, there are still a few situations that can lead to fires up on your roof.
Before setting off any firecrackers, it is a good idea to make sure you don’t have any leaves or branches gathered anywhere on your roof. Get a sturdy ladder and check your gutters as well. Dead leaves and branches are very dry and therefore have potential to act like fire magnets when sparks are falling from the sky.
You should also look into trimming back any overhanging branches. Dead branches can still be attached to living trees and pose the same threat to your roof.
If you are setting off your own fireworks, here are a few things to remember. First, set your fireworks on a flat, stable surface. Second, aim projectiles away from your house. Third, don’t shoot any fireworks off during a ban. Finally, you can always find out if there is a public show going on near you and attend that instead of setting off your own fireworks.
Stay safer during fireworks season by following those basic tips.