“Heavy Contents” is having so many things in your home that you cannot manage the clutter where you live and find it difficult or impossible to throw things away.
WHEN DOES HEAVY CONTENTS REACH THE NEXT LEVEL?
• When clutter begins to block living areas and there is an odor in the home.
• When there is visible clutter outside the home.
• When there is poor animal sanitation in the home.
• When there may be an infestation of bugs or even rats.
• When there are very unsanitary conditions.
• When you might feel embarrassed by visitors stopping over.
IF YOU ARE COLLECTING ITEMS,
• Feel the need to get more things, even if you already have a lot
• Have very strong positive feelings whenever you get more things
• Feel very upset or anxious at the thought of throwing or giving things away because of your emotional attachment to them
• Have so many things that you can’t use parts of the place you live in
• Have lots of disagreements with the people close to you about your things
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING HEAVY CONTENTS?
The consequences of heavy contents in your home can range from mild to extreme. It can lead to financial and legal problems, as well as physical and mental health problems like depression.
WHAT ABOUT FIRE RISK?
The stacking and placement of some materials can trigger a fire, make a fire spread more rapidly. It can also make it more difficult for people to escape or responders to get in and out. Firefighters are at risk due to obstructed exits, falling objects and an excessive fire load that can lead to collapse. Excessive smoke can impact neighboring households as well. Working smoke alarms should always be a priority so your family has time to get out.
BY: Cinda Seamon – Fire & Life Safety Educator, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue