All homeowners face a number of potential dangers that threaten both their property and safety, and it's no different for those who own a manufactured home. During a typical year, manufactured homes account for 17,700 fires,* causing millions of dollars in property damages. Electrical system malfunctions and heating fires are the leading causes of fire in these types of homes. In order to prevent these potential dangers that are associated with manufactured home living and make your home more secure for you and your family, follow these fire safety precautions:
Fire safety precautions
- Have a minimum of two smoke alarms installed in your home.
- Test your smoke alarms once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
- Maintain your home heating system by having it serviced at least once a year.
- Do not store combustibles or flammables near heat sources.
- Never overload outlets, extension cords or electrical circuits.
- Have an escape plan and practice escape routes with your family.
- Do not place portable space heaters close to combustible materials.
- Install skirting material to keep leaves and other debris and combustible items from blowing under your home.
Thinking ahead, along with your manufactured home insurance policy, could go a long way!
*Source: US, Fire Administration, 2006.