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July 8, 2011

Thatched fires more likely, warns Ecclesiastical

by Richard Kilner

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Insurers and farmers alike have welcomed recent rainy weather as those with thatched roofs have been facing a higher risk of fire due to the unusually dry weather.

Gloucester-based Ecclesiastical has warned that thatched roofs were vulnerable to ignition in the unexpectedly dry months of this year, a threat that has been reduced by recent rainfall.

Technical Survey Manager Bob Johnson stated that 2011 has seen more thatch fires than is usual, adding that thatch is highly flammable but the typically damp British weather reduces the risk of fire.

This problem is exacerbated by the fact that thatch is good at repelling water, making extinguishing the flames difficult.

Johnson urged those with thatched roofs to ensure their chimneys are regularly swept and properly insulated.

More than nine out of 10 thatch fires are caused by faulty flues/chimneys.

In May Aviva warned that the risk of farm fires was higher than usual in the wake of the driest April on record.

 

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