Highly attractive and offering outstanding insulating properties, thatch looks gorgeous and keeps homes warm in winter and cool in summer. It can, however, also be quite dangerous. Here are some of the dangers of having a thatched roof.
The dangers of a thatched roof
The main risk of having a thatched roof is that of injury by fire. Consisting essentially of dried grasses, thatch can be ignited quickly and easily by:
- Heat or sparks from a chimney
- Sparks generated by faulty or damaged electrical wiring or appliances
- Sparks from bonfires
Once a thatched roof is ignited, it will burn rapidly and violently and can destroy an entire home within a very short time. Minimising the risk of fire is therefore of utmost importance. You can minimise the risk of your thatch catching fire by:
- Installing a lightning conductor
- Keeping electrical wiring well maintained
- Ensuring chimneys are well insulated and fitted with spark guards
- Lighting bonfires at a safe distance from the house
- Keeping an eye on your roof when fireworks are used
Should your thatch catch fire, it is imperative to call the fire brigade immediately to prevent it spreading. You can find more detailed advice on thatch safety at the Thatch Advice Centre.
Injuries by thatch fires
- A neighbour lighting a bonfire too close to your property
- Someone throwing a firework at your roof
- Your landlord not ensuring your chimney and/or electrical wiring are maintained in safe working order (if living in rented accommodation)
- Someone you paid to maintain your chimney and/or electrical wiring did not perform their job properly (if you own the property)
We, Accident Advice Helpline, have the necessary skills and experience to:
- Assist you in determining who is liable for your thatch fire and resulting personal injuries (including physical and psychological injuries) and financial losses.
- Provide you with helpful thatch fire compensation advice
- Bring your thatch fire claim to a successful conclusion quickly and efficiently
For more detailed information on making compensation claims, expert compensation advice and/or to enlist our 100% no-win, no-fee* assistance in processing your claim, call our freephone helpline 0800 689 0500 from any UK landline telephone or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now. Both lines are obligation-free, open 24 hours every day of the year and strictly confidential.