“But it’s not hurting anyone else,” they said.
“We care about you, so it’s hurting us,” we said.
Hoarding house fire hazard
Jaclyn Schultz with Tempe firefighters as they demonstrate the fire dangers and challenges to rescue people living in such conditions
Elderly Father Dies In Bronx Apartment Fire
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man trapped in his Bronx apartment amid piles of clutter was killed Friday in a raging fire.
Firefighters looking for hoarder home help
Full article and video
Hoarding Dangerous to Firefighters, (video)
The Dangers of Too Much Stuff
How first responders, especially the fire service, are teaming up with human service professionals to tackle safety issues related to compulsive hoarding.
Children hurt in basement fire
ROB LAMBERTI, Toronto Sun
Hoarding & Fire Dangers
Firefighters say hoarding risks both their lives and the lives of those they want to save.
Apr 14, 2008
Blaze victim was a ‘recluse’
Officials working to identify man known only as ‘Abu,’ thought to live at burned-out shop
Published Monday | March 3, 2008
BY RHONDA STANSBERRY
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER…
Hoarding could take fatal turn, firefighters say
Feb 26, 2008
By Russ Krebs/Tribune Staff
Mother tried to save her kids
Quotes from article:
…Sloup said the conditions inside the home is making the
He said all of the rooms and hallways were filled with clothing and
other items, allowing a small path to walk. A ceiling also had
“They were faced with a challenge from the get go and they worked
through it,” Sloup said of the firefighters.
As of the end of the day Monday, he hadn’t come up with a preliminary
cause for the fire and had made it through just one room of the house.
Meyer said firefighters initially tried to get into the house, but
had to retreat and fight a defensive battle.
“The guys couldn’t get in more than 10 feet,” he said. “We had a
report of people trapped, but we couldn’t make access. There was just
too much stuff in the house, too much fire.”
Fire crew rescues woman, 7 pets
Cat perishes in cluttered, barred Visalia home
BY HILLARY MEEKS
A woman and at least seven animals were rescued from a fire that started in the kitchen of her house at 1919 S. Crenshaw St.
1/3/08: Fire at Hoarder’s home-White Plains, NY
Thursday, January 03, 2008
By JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press Writer
Hoarders Are Often A Danger To Themselves
Housing Directors Address Problem
Worcester Telegram and Gazette
July 02, 2007
Hoarding can endanger lives
Two Articles re:
Cedarhurst blaze kills couple
- Newsday May 12, 2007
“exorbitant amount of combustible material inside the house” was likely the source of the blast, Nassau County police Sgt. Anthony Repalone said.
A grisly find amid the trash
Police remove dead elderly man from LI home filled with debris where
woman, 85, was rescued the day before…
BY BILL MASON AND ZACHARY R. DOWDY
bill.mason@newsday. com; zachary.dowdy@ newsday.com
(From Eyewitness News Fox/Providence)
‘Mountains of Trash’ cause Cape crash
WEST YARMOUTH, Mass.
It’s not a cause usually found on accident reports. But police say a mountain of trash that piled up from top to bottom in a woman’s car caused a small crash in West Yarmouth yesterday.
The woman lost control of her red Ford Focus while backing out of a parking spot at the West Yarmouth Post Office. The car jumped a sidewalk and struck another car. Officers responding to the scene say thousands of coffee cups, food bags and other articles of trash fell onto the car’s accelerator. They say the car was filled in all seats, from top to bottom, with garbage. Officer John Dimitres says the woman suffers from a quote — ‘unusual and extreme hoarding’ disorder.
The danger of hoarding
by Joyce Cohen. An informative article on the USA Today website which acknowledges the seriousness of a hoarding disorder. It also includes a sidebar of tips for people who fall into the borderline hoarder category.
Published: December 30, 2003
Bronx Man Is Rescued From His Own Paper Prison
By ROBERT D. McFADDEN; Oren Yaniv and Michelle O’Donnell contributed reporting for this article
- Addressing the Health and Safety of Compulsive Hoarders
Section 8 Code Enforcement and Compulsive Hoarding Among MBHP Program Participants
Some valuable advice sent in by a paramedic, from the site SqualorSurvivors.com
- Paramedic tips:Here’s hoping that this situation never arises, but if you or another member of the household has an accident or falls ill, you may have to call a paramedic for assistance. There is no mess so bad that the occupants should have to suffer without medical care. Fortunately, we have a member who is an emergency medical technician, and she shared with us some tips for making the whole experience of having an EMT enter your home as smooth and painless as possible.
Hints to help you prioritize:
1. If anybody is taking a lot of medications, it’s very helpful if they’re where they can be scooped up and handed to an EMT or medic. This can be hard if the way you’ve learned to take your medications is to store each bottle someplace where its presence will remind you to take your medication. I’d urge anybody to come up with a system for being able to easily get medication information to EMS responders. It can be a list or a bag full of empty bottles that have current information on them, or ANYTHING that will give the EMS workers up to date and accurate information. But a bag with all the current med bottles in them is best — it has all the information on we need, plus the phone number of the patient’s doctor and pharmacy in case those are needed.**
2. The easiest path for you to go in and out might not be the best path for the EMTs. My mom and dad, for example, use the side door because it’s nearest to where they park their cars and takes them into the kitchen where they can put down their packages. But the best way in and out for an ambulance crew is the front door — fewer steps and no tight corners. When my dad had his stroke, Mom was having to get plants and empty flowerpots and wind chimes out of the way. So try to keep a clear path in and out through the exit that makes the most sense for EMS responders. And try to have a clear path from there to the street or driveway. And if they can back the ambulance up almost to the door, so much the better!
3. If there is a large person living in the home, remember that it might take a lot of people to remove them from the home. We’ve had to get four firefighters to help us move some patients. Will there be room for that many people to move around?
4. As a courtesy, please let EMS responders know if they won’t be able to get in and out with the gurney. You can either tell the 911 operator, or have somebody meet the ambulance and tell them something like, “There are a lot of tight corners between the patient and the door,” or “The house is pretty cluttered, they might want to check it out before they bring the gurney in.” It’s no fun to haul a gurney up the stairs to a house only to find out you can’t actually use it. And it takes unnecessary time, because then you have to move the gurney out of the way and go back to the ambulance for an alternative. EMS crews DO have gear to get people out of tight spots. It’s nice to know in advance that we’ll be using them. For example, one home had very tight staircases and the only path to the ambulance took us between two buildings very close together. Since we knew that, we just left the gurney in the unit and brought in a specialized spine board.
5. Even if Fido doesn’t bite and Fluffy doesn’t scratch, try to have somebody scoop up pets and get them contained in another room. Once we were struggling to get an IV into a patient who was thrashing violently, and a kitten was trying to play with my shoelaces! Cute kitten, but I’d rather not have met him under the circumstances.
And although they’re human, remember that EMS workers see people’s houses as they REALLY keep them, so they are aware of the secret squalor that folks manage to hide from everybody else. Your house is not the first messy one they’ve been in. They’re concerned about the well being and safety of their crews and the patient, not about your housekeeping.
Contributed by Granny Grump 42
- Here, you can go to the hospital, or I’m sure the doctor’s office might have some, and get a bottle. In this bottle is a piece of paper that you fill out with the person’s name, any problems they might have (diabetes, heart problems, etc) and any medication they take. Then you store the bottle in your fridge door. The bottle is accompanied by a sticker you put on the front door or a window by the front door so the paramedics are aware you have the information and they know where to find it. I’m sure other places have it and it’s just a matter of asking your doctor about it.Sometimes in the rush of the moment, things can be forgotten so it’s a handy way for the information to be available and since anyone who uses this system is advised to put it in the fridge door ONLY, EMT’s can find it immediately.