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Hoarding is a significant fire hazard

Posted On Fri, January 13, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association warned against hoarding, as it is a significant fire hazard and can impede on firefighters from doing their job if a blaze occurs.

The organization noted that flashover points in homes is much quicker than it used to be due to more flammable items in the home. The source said that the flashover point was slightly under 30 minutes in the early 1980s, but this is much shorter now. With hoarders, it can be as little as under five minutes.

"You can’t search the normal way," noted Bill Cummings, a captain in the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Fire Department, told the agency. "You can’t find the walls because there’s too much stuff. You wouldn’t even know where you were if the place were filled with smoke."

While hoarding is dangerous, even if a consumer doesn't participate in such activities, their home is at risk of fire at any time. Because of this, it may be smart to make sure their home is covered in case of an accident. By comparing home insurance rates, a consumer can find the plan that is best for their situation.

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