While fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts, there are so many people who hop across the border and stock up on Fireworks for the 4th of July weekend. People often will go to New Hampshire for the weekend where they are legally allowed to shoot off fireworks. If you’re one of those people, we want to make sure you are aware of the dangers that follow when lighting them off. We of course hear every year about injuries but fireworks can also produce risks to your roof.
1. Clear Your Roof of Debris:
Dry sticks and leaves on your roof can quickly turn sparks from fireworks into a blazing fire. This also includes cleaning your gutters out because a fire can start there as well.
2. Trimming Overhanging Trees:
Trees hanging over your house cause a wide range of problems that goes far beyond fireworks. But, if a branch catches fire and drops on your house, this could create major issues. Trimming overhanging branches is really important during the winter as well because the extra weight from snow and ice often leads to these branches falling on homes.
3. Watch Where You Shoot Them Off:
Try to find a spot with plenty of open space and avoid shooting off the fireworks toward a home.
4. Clean Up Debris:
Be sure to clean up all the debris after your fireworks show. While it may seem like the fire is out, there is a chance sparks could still be active.
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