If you own a thatched roof property then you’ll know that fire safety is extremely important. Due to the materials used to match a thatched roof as well as the fact that most thatched roof properties have a genuine wood burner, thatched roof properties are at much greater risk of catching on fire.
A couple of recent news stories have demonstrated this fact. In the first, a thatched roof pub in Bishops Tawton, North Devon recently caught fire due to the wood burner inside the property. In another story that demonstrates just how inconvenient fire damage can be, after a couple from Great Stampford were finally able to return home earlier in the month after a fire destroyed their thatched roof home a year ago. Click here to read the full story.
Making a thatched roof property safe
The above stories show just how important it is to take fire safety seriously when you own a thatched roof property. With this in mind, below are some of the best ways you can protect against fire for thatched roof property owners.
- Have the chimney inspected and cleaned regularly – One of the first things you should do when you get a thatched roof property is find out when the chimney was last inspected. If it’s not been inspected for a few years then you should definitely arrange for an inspection ASAP. You’ll also want to have the chimney cleaned at least once a year to prevent a build up of soot in the chimney flue, which increases the risk of fire.
- Get an electrical inspection – Fire risks don’t only come from the chimney and fireplace when you have a thatched roof property. You also have to think about the wiring in the property. For this reason, it’s a very good idea to have a full electrical inspection carried out by a professional. This way you will be aware of any problems with faulty/exposed wiring that need to be taken care of.
- Make sure you’re covered – When you own a thatched roof property, you must ensure that you have a good insurance policy in place. It’s always recommended that you get thatched roof property insurance from a specialist provider since the risks and rebuild costs are different with thatched roof properties compared to an average home.