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Storing and Disposing of Old Mattresses

Most people don't realize what a potential fire hazard extra mattresses can be when they are stored in crawlspaces, basements, attics, and garages – especially if they're near oily rags, gasoline, and other flammable materials. When it comes to mattresses and fire safety: If you're no longer dozing on them, dispose of them.

How to Get Rid of a Mattress

  • Call your local sanitation department for information on area landfills and dumps that accept large household items.
  • Many retailers will take away your old mattress when they deliver a new one. If you're buying a new mattress, be sure to ask.

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