Some fire problems are due to electrics, so here are some things we recommend:
- Inspect your system regularly to ensure its integrity, many insurers now insist on this. Find Electrical Engineers on The Thatch Directory.
- All wiring connections to a property, including aerial leads and supply cables must be spaced a minimum of
30cm away from the thatch and any wire netting.
- TV aerials should be fitted to a free standing pole or gable end so that they are not attractive to lightening strikes.
- Overhead supply feeds must have ceramic type insulators replaced. Your electricity supplier should do this free of charge.
- All electrical wiring in the roof space should be in metal conduits and fitted by a qualified electrician. Plastic can be chewed by rodents.
- Avoid vermin damage to electrics by placing poison or traps in the loft space.
- Light fittings in the roof space should be enclosed in a bulkhead – do not use recessed ceiling lights (down-lighters) on the upper floor due to overheating potential.
- Outside security lights, e.g. halogen lights create a lot of heat so must not be fitted near to the thatch or underneath overhangs.