Keep your home clear from clutter to prevent fire

Thirteen's building safety team is reminding customers to keep their homes clear and free from clutter to reduce the risk of an accidental fire.

clutter in a room on fire

28 Jan 2021

Excessive clutter in the home is a fire hazard. It’s one of the ways that fires can be caused and one that can see a fire spread quickly.

The consequences of an accidental fire are devastating, but by taking some simple safety steps, the devastation can be reduced.

Building safety manager John Waines said: “High levels of clutter make it much easier for a fire to start and increases the risk of it spreading. Fire spreads quicker when there’s more fuel. Combustible and flammable items such as paper, cardboard, clothing and electrical items can ignite quickly.

"Clutter can also make it very difficult to escape. In the event of a fire, you should always have a clear escape route and too much clutter prevents this. There’s a greater chance of trips and falls or your escape route becoming blocked when there is excess clutter.

“We strongly advise that everyone keeps their home free from clutter, by doing so you’ll reduce your risk and also make it more likely that you can save your home in the event of a fire.”