Live Safely in Your Manufactured
Home: A Factsheet on Manufactured Home Safety
Fires in manufactured homes
claim the lives of 500 Americans each year and injure 1,000 more. Many
of these fires are caused by heating and electrical system malfunctions
and improper storage of combustibles.
The Haworth Volunteer Fire
Department and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like
consumers to know that there are simple steps you can take to prevent the
loss of life and property in home fires.
During a typical year, manufactured
homes account for 22,000 fires, hundreds of deaths and $200 million in
property losses. An estimated 11 million Americans live in manufactured
homes, where fire deaths occur at twice the rate of fire deaths in other
types of homes.
Young children account for
more than one-fifth of all fire deaths in manufactured homes. A recent
study of rural fires showed that smoke alarms were less likely to be present
or operating in manufactured homes.
Electrical system malfunctions
and heating fires are the leading causes of fire in manufactured homes.
Together, they account for one-third of manufactured housing fires. Electrical
distribution fires occur nearly twice as often in manufactured homes as
in one- and two-family dwellings.
Have a minimum of two smoke
alarms installed in your home regardless of sleeping space arrangements.
Install smoke alarms in accordance
with smoke alarm manufacturer guidelines. 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 by a professional.
Do not store combustibles or
flammables near heat sources.
Never overload outlets, extension
cords or electrical circuits. If the circuit breaker trips or fuses blow,
immediately call a licensed electrician to check your system.
Have an escape plan and practice
escape routes with your family.
Space heaters need their space.
Do not place portable space heaters close to drapes, clothing or other
Install skirting material to
keep leaves and other debris and combustible items from blowing under your
When considering a new home,
ask if residential sprinklers are available as an option.
If there is a fire - get
out immediately, go to a neighbor's and notify the fire department using
the 911 system or the proper local emergency number in your area.