The federal government regulates the construction of manufactured housing. Manufactured homes built after 1976 must comply with the safety standards that are set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The standards set by HUD covers a wide variety of safety requirements, which also include fire safety.
Almost all small mobile homes built before 1976 bear a label, which certifies the compliance of these homes with the safety standards. The HUD standards for manufactured homes have been significantly improved over the last few decades. The Final rule of HUD for smoke alarms in mobile homes is based on NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 501.
The national fire data from NFPA indicates that manufactured homes built prior to 1976 have a lower risk of death if there happen to be a fire accident. This is because many of the new manufactured homeowners are removing or disabling smoke alarms from their houses.
So, make sure to check whether the detection devices installed in your home are working properly. Installing safety alarms and adapting other protective measures will ensure your safety at times of fire and other natural disasters. Here are a few NFPA guidelines that will help you to increase fire safety in your manufactured home.
Choose HUD-Certified Manufactured Home
If you are planning to buy or rent small mobile homes in your area, make sure to look for mobile homes built after 1976 and with HUD label, which certifies compliance with the different safety standards. This will help you prevent chances of fire accidents in your manufactured home.
Keep Smoke Alarms Working
Disabling or removing the smoke alarm of your manufactured home is a reckless and foolish move. If you are experiencing frequent nuisance alarms, you may relocate the sensor away from bathroom streams or cooking fumes, to solve the issue. However, you could also buy a photoelectric smoke alarm for areas that are near to kitchen or bathrooms.
Make Sure You Have Enough Smoke Alarms
If there are no smoke alarms in or near the family/living area and in or near every sleeping rooms, immediately hire a contractor and ask him to install new smoke alarms at these areas. You could also interconnect the alarms, as it will offer better protection to your manufactured home and to its residents.