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Adkins Blasts Media for Anti-Manufactured Home Bias

August 30th, 2013 3 comments

In an editorial, MH aficionado Crystal Adkins said that in her opinion, journalists are a significant part of the image problem manufactured home owners and professionals face daily. “There are so many great benefits and advantages of manufactured homes.” Adkins said. She writes that manufactured home owners ought to be celebrated for living within their means, but instead are stigmatized by the media. As evidence that this isn’t a “conspiracy theory,” Adkins observes that on one week using Google alerts, she had “34 of those articles are about fires. There’s only 45 total articles.” She continued” “Out of the 45, only 6 were articles that were not negative. 2 of those weren’t even about real mobile homes and 1 was an ad on Craigslist. The craziest thing about all this is that Foremost Insurance Company shows that site-built homes are more than twice as likely to experience a fire than manufactured homes. According to this study, the number of home fires is 17 per 1,000 for site-built homes, while only eight per 1,000 for manufactured homes.” Adkins makes important points. As regular MHProNews readers know, we see it similarly and realize it is up to professionals to work daily to improve our image, celebrated daily on the new MHLivingNews.com website. Image building will also be one of the many topics that are part of the commentary in Florida Manufactured Housing Association Executive Director’s upcoming exclusive interview here, A Cup of Coffee with…Jim Ayotte. ##

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A Cautionary Note to Residents of MH in Tenn.

January 14th, 2013 Comments off

Noting that fires move more quickly in small spaces, Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak is urging the 250,000 residents of manufactured housing in the state to install smoke alarms and plan an escape route in case of a fire. The news release through equities says although manufactured homes are no more prone to have a fire than site-built, the smaller space leaves less time to escape. In 2012 there were 368 manufactured home fires reported resulting in 14 deaths, 19 non-fatal injuries, and causing $5.4 million in property damages. The state tells MHProNews each bedroom and every family/living room should have a fire alarm and they should all be wied together so when one sounds they all sound. The first safety tip listed in the news release is when shopping for a manufactured home, make sure you buy one manufactured after June 15, 1976 that has a HUD label certifying it meets minimum standards.

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