As uncommon as fire is to occur in thatched buildings it does happen. Most commonly the cause is the heat that is transferred from the homes chimney to the thatch. Once the ignition temperature of the thatch is reached a fire can occur in the roof.
Here Are Some Causes
- Some of the risk factors that cause fire in a thatched roof are sparks from cigarettes and chimneys, bonfires and even backyard grills. Lightning has also caused the ignition of these fires.
- Once a fire like this has ignited it can be difficult for firefighters to put out for the very reason that it is designed to repel water, making it resistant to the firefighters efforts. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you utilize prevention methods so a fire doesn’t occur.
Here are some essential safety rules you should follow to properly protect yourself.
- If you have a wood burner or other solid fuel stove or fire place, you must insulate the flue because those types of stoves burn hotter than other types. They can reach temperatures of up to 500 degrees C.
- Have a qualified company come and sweep your chimney a couple of times a year. To prevent greater build up of soot in the flue, do not use green or unseasoned wood. Your brickwork should also be checked by a qualified chimney engineer.
- Learn how to use a fire extinguisher – it’s not that hard and it could be a very important skill if you need to put a fire put.
- As an added measure, you might even consider adding heat sensors around the thatch to give you a warning if the area reaches excessive temperatures. It is recommended that you place a fireproof barrier between the thatch and timbers of the roof.
- Additionally, if you are doing any renovations you should place a barrier between the thatch layer and the roof timbers and be certain that the chimney stack is a minimum of 6 feet above the ridge to give enough distance for sparks to die off before they reach the thatch.
- If you are using spark arresters be sure to keep them clean to keep them working optimally. If you are using the chimney regularly you will want to have them cleaned 4 times a year. Place smoke detectors in the roof and link them to other smoke detectors in the home to make certain you hear any alarm that goes off.
- Anytime you have work being done that uses a torch make sure the person doing the work has a working fire extinguisher readily available. Don’t take shortcuts with electrical work. Make certain to use a professional and have the wiring checked regularly to make sure it is in good condition.ear your home and to the best of your ability, you should ask neighbours to refrain from having any, as it is a danger to your home. Fireworks are fun, but also a considerable danger in your situation. You should do all you can to prevent their use by you and your neighbours.
- If you have rubbish or waste from your garden, you should not burn it near your home. If you have a television aerial it should be fitted to a pole that is freestanding and not connected directly to the home.
Protecting your property can also help reduce your thatched home insurance.