Fire prevention breakthrough will stop thatched properties going up in smoke.(Product guide)

Today sees the launch of a unique alarm system designed to alert thatched property owners to the risk of fire well before it starts.

With 90 per cent of thatch fires starting due to heat transferred from an active chimney to the roof, ThatchGARD is the only product of its kind to monitor the temperature of thatch enabling swift action to be taken to eradicate the devastation caused by fire.

Recent high profile cases of thatch fires, including the home of film director Ken Russell, highlight that having a standard smoke alarm is only good at alerting people to vacate the building, but will not help save the property. Prevention is the key, as once started, thatch fires are almost impossible to stop, potentially causing ten of thousands of pounds worth of damage. …

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