SOURCE: PuroSystems, Inc.

March 03, 2010 16:01 ET

Clutter Can Cause Hazards in Homes, Offices Says Property Damage Restoration Company PuroClean

TAMARAC, FL--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) -  Some of us hate the never-ending task of having to tidy and organize the things in our homes and/or offices. But, according to one property damage restoration company, letting things pile up could lead to more than just not having a clear space from which to live or work. 

"As spring cleaning becomes top of mind for individuals, we want to offer some tips on how they can de-clutter and make their homes and offices safe," said John Capponi, Vice President of Operations for PuroClean. "The inability to leave a building in an emergency quickly because of cluttered hallways and door entries, or the inability to locate important items like a fire extinguisher, is dangerous."

To prevent injuries and emergency hazards, Capponi suggests the following ways homeowners and business professionals can start de-cluttering their homes and offices:

  • Start in small increments. When de-cluttering your home or office, it's best to start with closets or other storage areas first. Once you've freed up space in those areas for storage, you can then clear rooms, corners and other open spaces and put leftover items in your now spacious closets. It is better to have items in your closets than in trafficked areas.

  • Cut clutter in the kitchen. The kitchen is probably the most common place where fires start. Your kitchen should always be clear of clutter. And, you should make sure you never have flammable objects near the oven and stove area, such as billing statements, grocery lists and other paper items, as well as dish rags, sponges or other flammable kitchen items.

  • Donate, donate, donate. If you find that you have clothes in your closet that you haven't worn in six months or longer, it's best to get rid of them. One way to do that is by donating them. Find a homeless shelter in your neighborhood where you can drop them off. Or, consider having a garage sale to sell clothing and other unwanted items at a low cost.

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