Fire hazards of hoarding covered in latest issue of NFPA Journal

Published on January 9, 2012

Operating room fires, heliports safety, and Life Safety Code also featured

January 9, 2012 – The latest issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), explores the hazardous relationship between hoarding and fire safety in the cover story “The Dangers of Too Much Stuff.” The story depicts how first responders, especially the fire service, are teaming up with human service professionals to tackle safety issues related to compulsive hoarding.

A study conducted in Australia in 2009 quantifies how fires in “hoarding houses” are indeed fiercer and more expensive to fight than other kinds of residential fires.

Sharon Gamache, director of NFPA’s High Risk Outreach Programs, discusses the fire dangers associated with compulsive hoarding. In a video interview, she also details several resources first responders can use when dealing with someone with a hoarding issue.

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