Fire Prevention and Safety in Manufactured Homes

Find out how modern manufactured homes are built with fire safety in mind and how to prevent fires in your home.

As a homeowner, you want to make sure your home and family is safe, especially from fires. You can take several precautions to prevent fires in your home, as well as understand that modern manufactured homes were redesigned and are constructed with fire prevention in mind.

Constructed with Fire Safety in Mind

Manufactured homes were redesigned from how early mobile homes were constructed to help protect you and your family from fires. Since 1976, manufactured homes have been required to follow certain construction and safety codes from HUD, including items that help prevent fires in prefabricated homes. These standards include:

  • Factory installed hard wired or 10-year battery source for smoke alarms
  • Smoke alarms that are interconnected with battery back-up (including alarms inside or immediately adjacent to all rooms designated as sleeping areas, top of the stairs and on the basement ceiling near the stairs if the home has a basement)

In 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association, there were more than 365,000 home fires in the United States?¹ But by taking the proper fire prevention precautions, both your family and your home will be more protected. For example, the National Fire Protection Association states that making sure your home has a properly functioning smoke alarm could help prevent up to 51% of the manufactured home fires that occurred from 2007-11.

There are many ways to protect your home and loved ones from a house fire in addition to obtaining smoke alarms and making sure they are properly installed and working order. Check out these home fire safety tips to stay safe and informed.

Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

There are several precautions to keep in mind to help prevent a house fire, as well as tips to remember in case of a house fire. Use these tips below to keep both your family and home safe in the event of a house fire.

Prepare a plan to help children and the elderly out of your home in case of a fire. Practice your fire escape plan so that your family is aware of what to do in case of a house fire. Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary exit way is blocked by fire or smoke.²

Discuss a designated area to meet outside your home in case of a fire. Make sure your designated meeting spot is far enough away from the home such as the mailbox at the end of the driveway or going across the entire street to your neighbor's front yard.

Keep multiple first aid and/or survival kits around your home.

Install multiple smoke detectors throughout your home and test them monthly.

Have a fire extinguisher easily accessible in your home. Good places for a fire extinguisher include your kitchen, near fireplaces and near any grills you may have on your porch or deck.

Make sure to blow out candles before going to sleep or leaving your home. Unplug heaters while you sleep so they do not accidentally tip over or have something flammable fall on them while you sleep. Don't leave anything flammable near a fireplace or heater, such as a blanket or curtains.

Have smoke-alarm activated nightlights throughout your home.

If you have children or animals, make sure to block off access to your fireplace so that only adults can access it.

Always turn the stove/oven off when you walk away from it or out of the kitchen.

Keep sentimental items and important documents in a fireproof safe. Make digital copies of important documents and photos.

It is always smart to take as many precautions as possible and to have plans in place for different scenarios that could happen in any home. Applying these tips could help keep you, your family, your beautiful home and all of your belongings safe. Do you want more maintenance tips to help you throughout the year? Let us help you take care of your home!

1 "Fires in the U.S.," NFPA reports - Fires in the U.S., accessed January 24, 2017,http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us.

2 “Home Fires.” (n.d.). Retrieved October 11, 2017, from https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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