Fire chiefs launch first UK Hoarding Awareness Week
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Communities
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The Chief Fire Officers Association has launched its first ever UK Hoarding Awareness Week, with a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons attended by Shadow Fire Minister Lyn Brown.
Running from 19 to 25 May, the initiative will aim to alert the public that hoarding can create significant risks to the individual, the community and firefighters.
CFOA is working with a number of stakeholders, including The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers UK (apdo-uk), Clouds End CIC, RoSPA, BAFSA, Electrical Safety First, ADASS, Foundations, Orbit Group and the Fire Fighters Charity to raise awareness of the issues surrounding hoarding.
Fire and Rescue Services across the country will be supporting the week by organising events, delivering information and working with partners, including those from the housing and health sectors, adult and community services and bluelight colleagues.
Paul Fuller, president of the CFOA, said: “There are a number of very specific issues found in hoarding properties which can put both the occupants and firefighters in danger during a fire.
“Developing stronger links with other agencies will allow us work together to help those who display a tendency to hoard, reduce the risk of fire in these properties and protect the community and firefighters.”