Manufactured Homes & Fire Safety

The Department of Homeland Security recently released the following "Fight Fire With Facts" safety information especially for people living in Manufactured Homes.

Did You Know?

  • Smoke alarms are less likely to be present or operating in manufactured homes.
  • There is a higher fire death rate per 100 manufactured homes as compared to other home fires.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of fires in manufactured homes.
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Life Saving Tips for Manufactured Home Dwellers

  1. Install a minimum of two smoke alarms in your home regardless of sleeping space arrangements.
  2. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened.
  3. Have your home heating system serviced at least once a year by a professional.
  4. Do not store combustibles or flammable items near heat sources.
  5. Never overload outlets, extension cords or electrical circuits. If the circuit breaker trips or fuses blow, call a licensed electrician to check your system.
  6. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with your family.
  7. If there is a fire, get out immediately and stay out. Go to a neighbor's home and call the emergency phone number in your area. In Manhattan, call 911.
  8. Space heaters need their space. Keep heaters at least three feet away from drapes, clothing, blankets or other combustible materials.
  9. Install skirting material around the base of your home to keep leaves, debris and other combustible materials from blowing under your manufactured home.