Details are still unfolding about the large Scarsdale house fire that occurred this weekend.
Reports have suggested that the fire posed more of a threat due to the amount of clutter found in the home. We wanted to take the opportunity to list a few of the ways it can make a bad situation worse:
- Clutter can block exits such as doorways, hallways and windows which can prevent both an easy escape for residents and an easy access for firefighters.
- If easily flammable items such as magazines or newspapers are kept near cooking areas or stove tops, it drastically increases your fire risk.
- Papers piled around heaters and or electrical items can also increase the fire risk.
Do what you can to keep clutter to a minimum and be sure that there are fire alarms in good working order and consider having an automatic sprinkler system installed.
Our thoughts are with those touched by this tragedy.