Hazards of hoarding
If a fire were to start in a property, high levels of clutter can increase the chances of a fire spreading throughout the home. Hoarding combustible materials such as newspapers, magazines, wood, books and flammable liquids would make it easy for a fire to spread quickly.
Clutter can also make it very difficult to escape a fire, especially if items are piled high and blocking exit routes. If the property were a large development, this would also impact the whole building.
If anyone is concerned they may be at higher risk of fire due to hoarding, or know of someone who is, they should contact Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958 for free home fire safety advice. You can also find more fire safety advice on our dedicated fire safety page.