PORTLAND, Ore.—With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is cautioning homeowners that fireworks and certain types of roofing materials don’t mix.
That’s especially true as many regions are experiencing an early start to the wildfire season. Hot temperatures and fireworks only exasperate the problem, making the danger of lighting up entire neighborhoods by one careless accident a very real threat.
Fireworks caused an estimated 18,500 reported fires in the U.S. each year, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Sparks and airborne illegal fireworks can easily ignite if they land in gutters or on top of roofs made of wood shake and even asphalt. Windy conditions are particularly dangerous for using fireworks as drifting embers and sparks are more likely to be blown onto rooftops.