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Hoarding

Hoarding is a condition that involves excessive accumulation of items and possessions, leading to overwhelming clutter and disorganization in living spaces.

Hoarding is a condition that involves excessive accumulation of items and possessions, leading to overwhelming clutter and disorganization in living spaces. This condition poses a significant risk to fire safety and prevention. Hoarded homes present a high risk of fire due to blocked exits, overloaded electrical outlets, and the accumulation of combustible materials such as paper, cardboard, and other flammable items. Firefighters’ ability to navigate through hoarded homes is greatly reduced, and hoarders’ emotional attachment to their belongings can hinder evacuation efforts. Additionally, hoarders may struggle to adhere to fire prevention measures, such as regularly testing smoke detectors and minimizing the use of candles and heaters. To ensure fire safety in hoarded homes, it is essential to take preventive measures, including clutter reduction, regular inspections, and working with professionals to address the underlying reasons for hoarding behaviors.

Hoarding

Hoarding Risks

    • Personal items can crowd cooking equipment, making it unsafe to cook.
    • Personal items can crowd heating equipment, putting you at risk of having a fire.
    • Blocked windows and doors make it difficult for firefighters to get into your home to fight the fire and search for occupants.
    • Piles of belongings make it difficult for firefighters to move through your home quickly.
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    • Always keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from cooking and heating equipment.
    • Keep doorways and windows clear for escape in case there is a fire. This will also prevent injuries from falling over excessive personal items.

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