Winter fire warning for thatched roofs

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Homeowners living in thatched properties will be given advice on how best to avoid fires at an event in Clare next week.

As part of its Fire Kills campaign, staff from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will give tips on how to reduce the risk of fire at home.

Held on Market Hill in Clare on Tuesday, from 10am to 2pm, people will receive expert advice on chimneys, wood burners and safety and maintenance tips for thatched roofing.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “Thatched properties come with a unique set of safety issues when it comes to fire.

“Ninety per cent of all fires in thatched roofed properties are caused by a faulty flue or chimney.”

Last year, the fire service in Suffolk attended 210 thatch and chimneys fires with a high percentage in the winter.

Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “The number of chimney and thatch roof-related fires is slowly increasing in Suffolk and some of these incidents could be avoided.

“A thatched roof is always at risk from fire so it is best to take a proactive step to avoid any potential dangers.”