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I need to know which grade of fire alarm/detectors are you proposing to fit because this dictates the type of detectors available to use. Grade A,B or C, more expensive will give you more choice than D,E or F.  Checkout Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing to decide which grade you wish to install and I can give a more definitive reply.

 Also check out http://www.safelincs.co.uk/pages/bs5839-6.html?url=bs5839-6&allURL=pages/bs5839-6.html and http://www.firesafe.org.uk/fire-alarms/ which will explain more about the grades and the different types of detector. 

Research indicates that photoelectric alarms provide the best detection across a range of fires and are recommended for detecting smouldering fires which is the type you are likely to encounter in a thatch fire.

Ionisation detectors are better at detecting products of  a fire (Flaming fire) and heat detectors would be far too slow at giving a warning. A CO fire detector, which is different from a CO warning detector, but would only be available for a Grade A,B or C system.

Mixed detectors using CO warning detectors operate at levels that inform you CO has reached levels that are becoming toxic but are useless at detecting fire.

Finally I would think interconnected detectors are a must and RF is acceptable.

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