Thatched roofs will burn rapidly in a fire and are difficult to defend in a blaze as their materials are designed to repel water. Around 90% of thatched roof fires start as a result of a faulty flue or chimney. Prevention is essential; detection is nearly always too late.
Use the various links on this page to download useful guides and information sheets about how you can help prevent a fire occurring within your thatched property.
Thatch Property Safety Guide:
(RBFRS acknowledges the kind permission of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in allowing us to reproduce these documents.)