Clutter & Fire Hazards

Hoarding not only can create egress and ingress issues for evacuating occupants but also can delay fire crews entering the structure. Often, exits are blocked and rooms are filled to the ceiling with stacks of belongings that can easily fall over and entrap firefighters. Although firefighters may force open an inward-opening exterior door to enter, getting out through the same door may present a problem. Also, if a firefighter is in distress, accessing and removing him can be difficult. First responders have a double-edged sword to deal with—fire prevention and firefighter safety.

Clutter doesn’t necessarily translate to hoarding conditions, but as shown in the photo below, if a tragic even should occur it will be difficult to navigate through a home in which is in disarray.  Also, homes with an unusual amount of clutter can be breeding grounds for mold growth.