Firework Safety

Firework Safety & Your Home’s Exterior

NOVA Firework Safety at Home 4th of July

In less then two weeks Americans around the country will celebrate the Independence Day Holiday. Independence Day is synonymous with great food, friends and memories. However, July 4th is also known for something else – FIREWORKS!

 

At the bottom this article, find a complete list of firework shows in your area!

 

And while fireworks can be a great time and a sight to see, it is important to keep in mind that safety is always number one when it comes to July 4th and fireworks!

 

It is also important to know your localities laws. In the state of Virginia for example, there are laws when it comes to what kind of fireworks you can use at your celebration… sorry no mortars Virginia residents.

 

So what about Fireworks and your home? Keep Reading!

 

More fires on July 4th then and other day.

 

There are more fires on July 4th then any other day of the year. Each year fireworks cause 1,300 structural fires, and over 17,000 other fires resulting in 1,000’s of injuries. Due to the significant uptick in fires on Independence Day, it is important to keep a few things in mind when it comes to your home.

 

Bottle Rockets, Sparkles, Roman Candles – you name it – have all been linked to causing home fires. Properly lighting and discarding fireworks is essential for you and your home’s safety.

 

Read about improperly discarded fireworks causing a house fire in Loudoun County in 2015 here. 

Firework Home Safety 101

 

The following is comprehensive list to help keep your home and family safe on July 4th. Knowing potential problem areas in advance is key.

 

1.Inspect your home for dry debris in your gutters and roof.

 

There is no better place for a random spark to go then a patch of dry leaves in a gutter or the valley of a roof. Bottle rockets especially, often find themselves on roofs and in gutters of homes. Hot summers and dry debris on roofs can be a recipe for structural fire.

Did you know you should clean your gutters yearly? Read here

 

Inspect your roof before fireworks at home

 

2. Properly dispose of fireworks. 

 

This is the number one cause of fires on July 4th – improperly disposed fireworks. It is recommended to soak all used fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding. NEVER bring the trash can with used fireworks into your garage. Leave your trashcan on the street until trash pickup.

 

Firework Safety

 

3. Keep a hose and bucket of water handy when lighting fireworks. 

 

Keep a hose close by to the area where you are lighting fireworks as well as a bucket of water just in case. After lighting off fireworks, dispose of the used fireworks by placing them in the bucket of water.

Just to be extra safe, keep the fireworks in the bucket of water overnight, then dispose of them the next day.

 

4. Other Firework Safety tips to consider: 

  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eye-wear
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks

 

Enjoy the 4th & Be Safe!

 

We hope you have a great 4th of July and spend lots of time with family and friends. Enjoy the cookouts, weather and memories.  Most importantly, it is great to celebrate our countries independence.

 

While firework safety as adults might seem silly, it is important to keep in mind that most fire incidents that occur on the 4th were because of improper disposal or improper handling. Best recommendation – go watch professional fireworks with a blanket and friends!

 

Here is a list of local events and firework shows:

 

Dale City – link here.

Falls Church – link here. 

Herndon – link here. 

Manassas – link here. 

Manassas Park / Signal Hill – link here.

Mt. Vernon – link here.

Vienna – link here.

Washington D.C. – link here.

Alexandria – Saturday July 7th – link here.

 

Feel free to share this article with friends and have a happy 4th of July from the Top Dog Home Pro crew!

~Luke

Adding Protection with Gutter Guards

Adding Protection with Gutter Guards

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As the seasons change, a frequent sight is people on their ladders cleaning their gutters. While a gutter’s benefit is immeasurable—protecting the house from water—its cleaning can be less than desirable. Homeowners may consider getting gutter guards, which often provide numerous hassle-free benefits.

 

The greatest benefit of this kind of system is that it helps prevent leaves and debris from blocking rain flow. This can significantly reduce the amount of time a homeowner has to spend on their roof or a ladder. Homeowners typically only need to clean out their gutters every couple years instead of twice a year.

 

Besides not having to get on the roof to clean, they can help reduce the potential for clogs, which may result in overflow down the home. These can lead to leaks in the basement and other rooms, which can create an environment for mold and mildew to grow. It can also impact a home’s foundation.

 

Since gutter guards are typically mesh, vinyl or aluminum sheets placed over the gutters, it keeps out more than just leaves. It may deter birds, insects and small rodents from making a nest. Their design typically results in minimal standing water, which mosquitos love.

 

Longevity is another potential benefit. No standing water can help the gutters age better and reduce rusting. While adding them does have an associated price tag, they often can help the drainage system last significantly longer. This could mean significant long-term savings. In the winter, proper draining can help eliminate a leak from freezing and causing damage.

 

For homeowners in areas frequently battling wildfires, these guards can help protect the home. Dry leaves and other material can ignite easily. This extra layers keeps material from settling, giving a floating ember nowhere to grow.

 

Like any purchase, the decision to install gutter guards requires research. Luckily, there are many professionals who can help a homeowner decide if it is right for their home.

Renovation Requires the Right Expert

Renovation Requires the Right Expert

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Any kind of home renovation is an investment, both in terms of money and time. When choosing which contractor should complete windows and door replacement, it’s important to take the time to ensure the right choice is made. Even if the highest quality replacements are chosen, their correct installation is essential to functioning correctly.

 

A low bid might mean low quality. This kind of renovation is an expensive, long-term investment. It can be even more costly if it is not done right. Thorough research should be done to ensure a true professional expert is hired. It’s important to contact at least three contractors for consultation. Be sure to verify each is an established, insured company.

 

A good contractor listens to their customer and is open to answering questions. A windows and door replacement professional should have no problem explaining their process, sharing their work stats, or providing licensing certificates, references or proof of insurance. They should also be willing to provide a written proposal that outlines every aspect of the project. If the initial meeting results in confusion, it may be a red flag that they are not the right fit.

 

Every homeowner has different needs and a different budget. Many contractors sell only certain brands or initially push stock that is the most expensive. A trustworthy expert will understand individual needs and work with the homeowner. If purchasing replacements through them, be sure to gain a solid understanding of the associated warranties and details of the products selected.

 

Upgrading windows and doors not only better insulates a home but also adds to its aesthetics. A good contractor should take the time to understand the nuances of a home and offer suggestions on what might work best.

 

Homeowners make important, long-lasting decisions when it comes to windows and door replacement. That same thoughtful process, along with the above tips, can help make it a little easier.