fireworks-and-home-safetyWith the Fourth of July quickly approaching, now is a great time to think about fire safety for your home. While accidents, unfortunately, do happen, there are ways that you can protect your property against fire—which will allow you to enjoy Independence Day celebrations rather than fret over the fate of your home.

  1. Clean your home’s gutters. Leaves, twigs, pine cones, and other debris tend to build up in an unprotected gutter system. These items then cause a ring of kindle right around your home, which if set on fire can cause the flames to spread quickly. Even worse, due to the nature of gutters, these flames will circle your home and can cause a great deal of damage. By cleaning gutters, you can improve the fire safety of your property.
  2. Trim low hanging trees. Limbs that hang over your roof can pose a threat. Should these limbs catch on fire, they can easily allow that fire to spread to your home. Try to trim these branches before cleaning your gutters, so that any debris that falls is not left on the roof or in the gutter system.
  3. Fix any roof damage. The materials used to build your home’s roof—and the materials that lie beneath it—are often flammable. Damage to your roof may give a fire easy access to the more flammable materials beneath the shingles or tiles.
  4. Encourage responsible Fourth of July celebrations. While legal fireworks are allowed, suggesting shooting them away from residential properties in an open space is a good idea. This is particularly important when dealing with illegal fireworks, which many people will be buying, as these often burn hotter and are larger than their legal counterparts.

Leaf Slugger’s gutter cleaning prevention system can make fire safety much easier. By keeping twigs, leaves, and other debris out of your gutters, Leaf Slugger minimizes the accumulation of flammable items and prevents you from having to spend hours cleaning your gutters.