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Hoarding and Fires: Reducing the Risk in Spokane

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Hoarding Spokane Valley March 2017

Do you have a person in your life who may be a hoarder in Spokane? Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions. The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of the space. Living space becomes cluttered. It may be unusable. Hoarding brings distress and emotional health concerns.

  • When talking a person who hoards, focus on safety rather than the clutter. Be empathetic. Match the person’s language. If they call it hoarding, then you can call it hoarding. 
  • Help the residents make a home safety and escape plan. Stress the importance of clear pathways and exits. Practice the plan often. Exit routes may change as new items are brought into the home.
  • Install working smoke alarms in the home. Test them at least once a month. Reach out to community resources.
  • Talk to members of the fire department to alert them of your concerns. They may be able to connect you with members of a hoarding task force for additional help.

Why Hoarding can increase fire risks :

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire. 
  • Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles. Pests could chew on wires. Damaged wires can start fires. 
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous. 
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire

How Hoarding May Impact First Responders in an emergency:

  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way.
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.
  • Responders can be trapped in a home when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse. 
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.

Help for Hoarders Clean Up in Spokane or Spokane Valley

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Hoarding Spokane Valley 2016

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

Although not officially recognized as a distinct psychological disorder according to DSM-IV classifications, compulsive hoarding disorder is believed to be related to or interconnected with other disorders. These include bipolar disorder, social anxiety, and depression.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley cares about the ones in our Inland community that struggle with hoarding. 

If you or a loved one has a home filled with stuff that you need help removing, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help. We understand the business of cleaning hoarder homes. Our crews and technicians have the experience and knowledge necessary for cleaning homes that could have biohazard issues like toxins and molds. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Spokane Valley is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe home

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We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

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