As the wildfires out west will attest, dry conditions are the ideal environment for fires. Although it’s not a common occurrence, there is a potential hazard in the summer with residential and commercial gutters where a floating ember can set fire to a pile of dry leaves clogged in a gutter drain. Now that Connecticut is again experiencing 90 degree temperatures during the daytime, it is important for homeowners and commercial building managers to inspect their gutters and take steps to have any dead, dry leaves removed to eliminate this fire hazard.
Most people know that leaves are a hazard for gutters in the fall, but not everyone is aware of a dry leaf danger in the summer. When the temperatures rise outside it causes trees to lose more foliage since the trees don’t have enough moisture to nourish the leaves. These leaves often find a way into gutters and if not scooped out will collect in piles and clogs. All it takes is a burning ember from a bonfire, grill or cigarette to ignite the tinder. If the conditions are dry enough it poses a fire threat to your home or building.
This current heat wave has seen 90+ degree temperatures for three straight days and while the area waits for rain, now is a good time to check your gutters for any collection of dry leaves. At the same time, check your property for dry leaf piles since this is also a fire hazard in extreme dry conditions and the fewer risks you have, the less chance you will have to deal with a fire.