It’s almost the Fourth of July, where most people celebrate by gathering with family and friends for backyard BBQs, beach parties, or community gatherings. Whatever the event may be, fireworks are an essential part of the celebration. It’s a good idea to take proper precautions for your roof, whether commercial or residential, to make sure a fire is preventable.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks injure thousands and cause thousands of fires. An estimated 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported to local fire departments in the U.S. during 2018 and caused $105 million in direct property damage.
Most cities and towns follow specific codes and guidelines when setting off fireworks, but there’s always a chance for a fire to take place. The following tips can help you prepare and protect your roof from harm:
Clean gutters and clear roof of any debris. Both make great fuel for a fire.
Wet your roof. Consider spraying down your roof with a hose to prevent stray firework embers from starting a fire.
Trim tree limbs and overhanging branches. We say this a lot, but it’s super important in protecting your roof.
- Repair any damage beforehand. Consider getting a roof inspection to identify any problem areas that need to be addressed.
For commercial buildings, using “Class A” fire rated acrylic and silicone roof coatings can be crucial for fire prevention. APOC® 252 Acrylic is a high-performance UL “Class A” fire-rated system that offers excellent resistance to fire and flame spread.
The Fourth of July should be a fun holiday—one that comes without worry. To make it an enjoyable day, we can’t stress enough the importance of roof safety. Taking the proper precautions will ensure a fire is preventable, whether you’re a building owner, homeowner, or both.
For advice or tips to help your keep your roof safe, contact us today.
Please always remember to observe laws and regulations of your community regarding fireworks. Fireworks are dangerous and should always be left to professionals.