When you think of the 4th of July, you might think of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, maybe a dip in the pool and, of course, fireworks. If you were a roofing contractor, like Alpha Roofing & Construction of Atlanta, on the other hand, you might be worried about what some of those fireworks could do to roofs in your area.
Every year bottle rockets and other types of fireworks that are set off as part of somebody’s backyard celebration end up landing on roofs in Temple, Douglasville and other western Georgia communities. And every year, some of those fireworks cause house fires.
When a reader asked Popular Mechanics if bottle rockets are a serious fire danger, the answer was unequivocal. “Yes. Every year bottle rockets are the source of house fires,” Roy Berendson of Popular Mechanics said. “I had a close call with this several years ago, when I found a handful of charred leaves in a gutter. Probing deeper into the mess, I found the remains of a bottle rocket. But it could have been worse: Another neighbor found a copper-jacketed .45-caliber slug lodged in his roof.”
If you are worried about the fireworks your neighbors will be setting off, Berendson offers this advice: “As late as possible on July 4, wet down your yard and garden areas with a sprinkler. Take in materials like outdoor cushions and close patio umbrellas and awnings. Use a hose to soak your firewood pile, if you have one. Finally, clean dry debris like leaves, pine needles, and seed pods out of gutters and off roof valleys and shallow-pitched roofs such as over screened-in porches. It’s easy to do with a leaf blower. After that, all you have to do is try to enjoy the show.”
But, before the holiday rolls around, you might also want to get a roof inspection to see if you have any fire hazards. If your roofing is in Harlson County or Carol County, you can call on Alpha Roofing & Construction of Atlanta for a free roof inspection.