Statistically, homes with thatched roofs are no more likely to catch fire than those with conventional roofs; however, if a thatched roof does ignite, the results are rapid and devastating. We would ask that residents please do not light bonfires or set off fireworks in their gardens, as they pose a serious risk to the thatched properties in the village.
If you live under thatch it is wise to be extra vigilant around November 5th and make frequent checks on your roof.
Chinese lanterns are of particular concern, as the potential for harm when they descend is catastrophic, with a number of thatch fires resulting from these lanterns. (They are also very frightening for animals and livestock.) Please DO NOT use them.
For further information and advice, contact your local fire safety officer.
The laws concerning fireworks
- It is illegal for anyone under 18 to possess a firework in a public place.
- Fireworks cannot be set off by a private individual between 11pm and 7am except for certain nights of the year (ie New Year).
- It is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to any captive or domestic animal.