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Thatch safety advice events being held

Date: 31st August, 2016

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is using National Chimney Fire Safety Week to highlight the risk of fire in thatched properties.

During w/c 5 September, the Service is holding a number of information days around Wiltshire. At each event, firefighters will be on hand to advise home owners on the best ways of keeping their properties safe from fire.

Crew Manager Shaun Milton, from the rural safety team, explained: “As a county, Wiltshire has the second largest number of thatched properties in England. We have been successful in bringing down the number of fires involving homes with thatched roofs, but we are very aware of the devastation that such blazes can cause – as such, we want to keep educating people about how they can help themselves.”

Although the events are targeted at people who own or live in thatched homes, anyone can ask for fire safety advice – the sessions are as follows:

Part of the display will be a miniature thatched roof, provided by a local thatcher, so that people can see first-hand how thatch is put together and the challenges it presents to fire crews.

Amongst the top safety tips for a thatched property are:

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire safety checks to anyone who lives in a thatched home – call 0800 038 2323 to request a visit. Alternatively, go to www.dwfire.org.uk/thatched-properties for more information.

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