Fourth of July Celebrations and Your Roof

As the holiday weekend kicks off, we see our neighbors and friends are having parties, grilling, and setting off the fireworks. What most people are not doing is thinking about their roof and the dangers that can be around it during the Fourth of July holiday.

Can the fireworks cause my roof to catch fire?

The risk of your roof catching on fire from a firework is low. Modern roofing materials are made to be fire-resistant. Often, materials are rated Class A, which means that the roof should not catch fire if a spark or ember lands on it.

Though the risk is low, you can take these steps to make it even lower!

  • Check to make sure that your roof is in good condition.
  • Inspect your roof and clear off the debris if present.
  • Clean out debris in gutters.
  • Trim back any overhanging trees.
  • Do not shoot fireworks towards the home.
Can I sit on my roof to watch fireworks?

As we all know that it is very tempting to climb up on the roof to get the ideal view but we should never lounge on our roof.


Along with the potentially serious injury to yourself, you could also damage the roof. Excessive strain and pressure on shingles can cause damage. Strong force in just one area of the roof can cause structural damages. 

What’s about the celebratory gunfire?

Celebratory gunfire is very scary. If you hear gunshots in your area, even if you believe that it is just in celebration, always call your local police.

BHI has seen some damages over the years from the celebratory gunfire which usually fall down onto the roofs. Bullets that fall back down can get stuck in roofs. In most of the cases, only minor damages are seen. The damage is often in the roof surface, causing a hole. The hole must be repaired to avoid the leakage. 

The Barbara Home Improvement team would like to wish the whole community a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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