With hoarding becoming more of an issue throughout the lockdowns, there has also been an increase in the number of homes that are considered to be a fire risk. Hoarded homes often contain stacks of papers, newspapers and even sanitary products, all of which are highly flammable. Among the papers and clutter gas cannisters have also been found adding to the risk.
An estimated 30% of domestic fire deaths are connected to hoarding. In greater London alone there is an estimated 1675 homes that are a fire risk due to the severity of the hoarding. Flammable items are not the only risks that are presented. In the event of a fire, escape routes can be blocked and doors stuck shut due to the amount of rubbish in the way. Due to there being no clear path it not only makes it difficult for people to escape but also for firefighters to successfully rescue anybody in the burning property. There have been extremely sad cases where residents in a hoarded property have been stuck without any means of escape and have died in the fire.
If you or someone you know has a hoarding disorder and you’re concerned about the health and safety risks you have a couple of options on how to get help. You can contact your local fire station for help and advice on making your home more accessible and reducing the risks of a fire. You can also contact your GP who will be able to guide you through your hoarding disorder and provide mental health support avenues. For a friendly an understanding hoarder clearance service please get in touch with us on 0203 6408 247 or email us at [email protected] we are happy to have a chat and talk through and worries or concerns you may have.