The Roof Is On Fire!! (Fireworks and how to be careful this July 4th!)

“The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire!”

Please don’t let your Independence Day activities end up with you singing this popular 90's dance song. Fireworks are a fabulous way of celebrating Independence Day, and we all know that children love seeing them. However they can be a very dangerous liability to your roof and home.

If you plan on setting off any airborne fireworks this July 4th, please keep a few things in mind:

  • Many times, when fireworks “land” they are still burning.
  • Asphalt shingles may help protect your roof, but not if they are older, possibly damaged or missing (think about the recent storms)
  • Under the asphalt shingles, lies very flammable felt paper and wooden framework
  • And last but not least, fireworks can sometimes go awry and not go in the direction they were pointed to at all
Don’t worry though; you can certainly take precautions. Here are some suggestions to keep your roof safe:

  • Inspect your roof prior to July 4th hazards (and repair any damaged or missing shingles)
  • Keep all fireworks at least 500 feet away from your home/roof
  • Instead of setting off your own fireworks, take the family to a professional set up fireworks display (like Lake Murray or the fireworks at the FireFly baseball stadium
  • Find a large, open and clear parking lot or dirt field with no houses or buildings close by (obviously, as permissible by law; make sure to clean up afterwards)
Follow these simple suggestions and you should end up with great holiday full of delicious food, vibrant fireworks and no roaring firetrucks. We hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend! If you have any roofing questions, please visit or website at or give us a call at 803-754-ROOF

Here’s an awesome pic of some fireworks that look just like a SC Palmetto Tree! 


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