Why should I be concerned?

DIFFICULTY EXITING THE HOME DURING AN EMERGENCY

With increased fire load and piles of combustibles in the home. It is not uncommon to find residents unable to get themselves out of their home.  With approximately 2 minutes 45 seconds to get out alive in a structure fire, every second counts.  Blocked exits can mean the difference in getting out alive.

INCREASES THE FIRE LOAD

It is not uncommon to find piles of combustibles which increases the intensity of a fire and may topple over which makes finding exits next to impossible.

CAUSES STRUCTURAL INSTABILITY

In hoarding environments piles of combustibles are too heavy for the structure that they are being stored in.  The increased strain does damage to the building and also greatly affects the way the building behaves when it catches fire.  These overloaded buildings burn very quickly, very hot and risk collapse sooner than a non-hoarding environment.

CAUSES GROWTH OF MOLD

Mold is an ongoing concern within hoarding environments.  If unchecked the moldy environments can extend quickly throughout the home causing an unsafe living environment.