Help & Advice
Hoarding is defined as collecting large amounts of items with an inability to throw them away. Hoarding disorder can be diagnosed as an illness in its own right, with sufferers often finding themselves very distressed or upset when faced with having to discard items – often leading to such a build up of belongings that their living space and quality of life is severely restricted.
Whilst hoarding disorder is on the extreme side of the scale, many people are guilty of stockpiling useless items both at home and in the office. If you’re spending time in a cluttered environment, you could be presenting a serious fire risk to yourself, others, and the surrounding area.
Hoarding items you’ve collected over the years may seem innocent enough, but large quantities of flammable materials could be putting you at risk:
Of course, the safest way to protect yourself and others against the fire risk hoarding presents is to clear out all the junk you don’t use. Hire a skip and recycle as much unused waste as possible, and clear the space to eliminate any potential hazards.
However, for some, throwing out collections that have been built up over years is not that easy. If you’re keen to make your home or office more fire safe, but reluctant to throw out the clutter just yet, try these tips to minimise your risk of a fire breaking out:
For more information about hoarding, including where to get support for compulsive hoarding, see here.
If you’re the owner of a commercial property or business and you’re worried the space is hoarding too many items, you can contact our team at Target Fire Protection to conduct a fire risk assessment of your property. We’ll survey your building and provide a report with all hazards we identify – enabling you to take the necessary steps to ensure your premises are fire safe. We often work around Manchester, Rochdale, Bury and Oldham but we cover the whole of the UK.
For free, impartial advice, call our expert team: 0800 030 6079