Since 2006 14% of fatal fires in Staffordshire have involved hoarders
Compulsive hoarding is a debilitating psychological condition that was officially recognised in May 2013.
A very basic description of a compulsive hoarder is someone unable to dispose of excess or unused things to the point where their belongings are clogging their living space.
Making a cup of tea, or sleeping in their own bed becomes impossible because the spaces designed for living in have become storehouses.
If you are concerned about someone that hoards items please help them by offering the following home safety advice:
For more home safety advice please call our FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.