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While your gutters and gutter shields are the last places you might expect a fire to start, they present hidden hazards you should be wary of. Today’s post from gutter shield company Gutter Helmet® of Eastern Shore talks about the different ways your gutters can be a fire hazard and how to ensure they don’t become one.

Hidden Hazards: How Your Gutters Can Be Fire Hazards

Gutter Debris

Many gutters are made of fire-resistant materials such as aluminum, which can melt but does not combust. Other examples of non-combustible materials include galvanized steel and copper. While the materials themselves are less likely to catch fire, keep in mind that your gutter system catches dried leaves and other highly flammable detritus such as twigs and fallen tree limbs.

In the event of a drought or in the absence of rain during the warm months, these components can become extremely dry and highly combustible. Even if the fire doesn’t originate from your home, keep in mind that a strong gust of wind can blow embers as far as 5,000 feet away from the source of the fire.

Avoiding Danger

Keeping your gutters clean and clog-free can help lessen the risks of a life-threatening fire. It’s ideal to clean and maintain your gutters once or twice every year. You can also hire a professional cleaning service. Perhaps the best solution to keep your gutters clog-free is to install a gutter shield, much like the products offered by Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore. With Gutter Helmet products, you’ll never have to clean your gutters again. The patented nose-forward design ensures debris will simply fall to the ground, as opposed to bare gutters that accumulate combustible components.

Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore installs seamless gutters and offers gutter protection products that can be fitted directly over your existing gutters. Call us today at (866) 333-8150 for a free quote. We serve Salisbury, Maryland.