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As Winter Approaches, Fire Safety Facts and Myths Take Center Stage

December 2nd, 2016 Comments off

I, MarcusObal [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsAs another winter arrives and the weather cools, people make a mad dash for heaters and fireplaces.

This of course can be dangerous if those options are not used or maintained properly.

According to News-Press Now, an example of that danger occurred early Wednesday morning In St. Joseph, Missouri when firefighters responded to a blaze in what was described as a “mobile home.

Investigators believe the woman who lived in the home was heating it with candles. One of the candles fell onto a mattress, igniting a fire at about 5 a.m.

Battalion Chief Russell Moore said the home did not have electrical service and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.

The resident and her pets were not injured in the incident.

Fire Inspector Steve Henrichson said such incidents are not uncommon.

Frequent factors in winter home heating fires were space heaters and extension cords,” said Henrichson.

The big thing is with space heaters, nothing within 3 feet, and don’t use an extension cord. Most extension cords aren’t rated for the amount of electricity going through, and the extension cord itself gets overheated and sets something on fire.

Facts versus Myths

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It is important to note that carelessness, in this instance and many others, is often the cause of home fires as opposed to the home itself.

Manufactured homes tend to get a bad rap as a cause for such incidents, even though the facts show that HUD code manufactured homes can be more fire-resistant than comparable conventional homes.

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Fires in housing of all prices and types often increase during the winter months. The report linked below from the NFPA documents the fact that mobile homes are more fire prone and more likely to involve death by fire than HUD Code manufactured homes are. There have been no mobile homes built in the U.S. since June 15, 1976 – see link here. Conventional house ablaze, photo credit, Genius-com.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

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From NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Report, found as a download from the article linked above.  Manufactured housing – as opposed to mobile homes – have a safety record against losses of life in fires that are lower than far more costly conventional housing.  While the source material in the story cited above is not clear, in general, stories about losses of life in an older unit that a reporter or editor is saying is a mobile home, may well in fact be a mobile home.

MHLivingNews provides in-depth coverage of the facts – and myths – surrounding manufactured housing to set the record straight. You’ll find one of those featured stories here. ##

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Fire Safety in the Modern Manufactured Home

November 2nd, 2015 Comments off

nfpa logo  wikipedia commons creditA report by the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) John R. Hall, Jr., entitled Manufactured Home Fires documents that manufactured homes (MH), built after 1976 when MH production fell under the dictates of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are more fire-resistant than comparable site-built homes. The study also discloses they are three times safer than pre HUD Code mobile homes from 40 years ago.

In Keeping the Home Fires From Burning: Fire Safety and the Modern Manufactured Home, award-winning consumer reporter Jan Hollingsworth

considers the debate over mandatory sprinkler systems and human no-nos that contribute to most house fire_station__modular_delray_beach_florida__m_space_modular_buildingsfires. Non-functional smoke alarms, overloaded electrical circuits and improper use of cooktops and ovens for heating are primary causes of seasonal home fires. HUD Code manufactured homes now include escape windows, flame resistant wall coverings and tough construction standards that reduce fire chances.

Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma, says consumers can have sprinkler systems installed. “Some of our factories incorporate sprinkler systems in certain areas of the house, such as the kitchen or furnace, if the consumer wants to pay for it.

As pressreleaserocket tells MHProNews, Hall is a part of NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division, and states, “A manufactured home is not a motor home or a trailer, and although it is often called a “mobile home,” it is not that either.

For Hollingsworth’s complete story about fire safety, please click here. ##

(Image credit, top: National Fire Prevention Association; bottom: mspace–modular fire station, Delray Beach, Fla.)

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Technology has Revolutionized Manufactured Homes

June 4th, 2015 Comments off

fairfield_homes__the_manhattanThe phone at the Home Center rings or a customer walks in and asks for information about “trailer houses” or “mobile homes,” phrases which smack of thin walls and floors, cheap paneling, fire traps, unsafe, low rent occupants, etc., imagery that goes back nearly 40 years.

Returning to that era, Jimmy Carter was president, Rocky was all the rage in the movies, and 14-year old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored seven perfect tens as she racked up three Gold Medals in the Olympics. Passages that year include businessman Howard Hughes, writer Agatha Christie, and yes, the mobile home on June 15, 1976.

On that day, according to freestonecountytimesonline, The Outlaw Josey Wales premiered in the theaters, people were listening to Silly Love Songs by Wings, and the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (HUD Code) became law, transforming the mobile home into the modern manufactured home, placing the production of manufactured homes under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

As MHProNews understands, those 39 years have made a huge difference in how automobiles are produced, how we communicate with each other, how we shop, what we eat, where we travel, how we spend our leisure time, how we work, etc., as well as the quality that goes into the production of manufactured homes.

The HUD Code is the most strict building standards in the nation, and local builders don’t have to abide by this code like manufactured home builders are required to, which is decades away from where mobile homes or trailer houses were when they died in 1976.

Features you might find in the modern manufactured home include engineered roof trusses, R21 blown in fiberglass insulation (or R30 or R40), R11 wall insulation, 30-year roof shingles, 2X4 exterior wall studs on 16” centers, full double marriage line walls with 2X4s, 2X6 floor joists on 16” centers, fiberglass floor insulation, OSB tongue and groove floor, 50-year outside siding and single-hung thermal pane windows.

The National Fire Prevention Association states the modern manufactured home is up to 143 percent safer than a stick-built home providing safety equipment is properly maintained. Additionally, demonstrations on national TV have shown that modern manufactured homes, when correctly secured to the ground, can withstand tornadic winds better than comparable site-built homes.

As Fairfield Homes and Land of Texas says, “We have certainly come a long way since the death of the mobile home. Once the public understands the road we have traveled, and where we are today in comparison, the idea of living in a modern manufactured home is much more appealing.

Pricing? The average national price of a new site-built three-bedroom home runs around $270,000. A new three bedroom manufactured home costs around $64,000. ##

(Photo credit: Fairfield Homes and Land-The Manhattan manufactured home)

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Death of Child in Factory Built House Fire Inspires Increased Education on Fire Safety

January 5th, 2015 Comments off

mobile-home-fire-no-smoke-detector-hud-code-manufactured-homes-safer-credit=victoriaadvocate-posted-daily-business-news-mhmsm-com-Manufactured homes, those factory built homes constructed after June 15, 1976, according to HUD Code construction and safety standards, have proven to be safer from fire than stick and brick houses or pre-HUD Code mobile homes.  Still, safety precautions need to be taken. This includes have working fire alarms positioned in various parts of the home.

The death of six-year-old David Macias in a Victoria, Texas, fire on Sunday, December 28, occurred when no fire alarms sounded. His brother Gabriel Macias, 7, suffered smoke inhalation and burns to 40 percent of his body and is recovering at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas.

This tragedy has prompted the Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross to begin a major campaign to make sure every home in the Crossroads area has working smoke alarms. Fire safety advocates are promoting the free smoke alarm program in an effort to reduce the number of home fire fatalities and injuries.

The Victoria Advocate tells MHProNews that officials think a space heater was the cause of the early Sunday morning fire, and the preliminary investigation suggests that paper material ignited near the heater in the room the two boys shared.

Two other siblings slept in the room next door. The stepfather to three of the children happened to wake up and see the smoke, but when he opened the door to the boys’ room, it was too late – the fire had been burning for awhile. The room was filled with carbon monoxide, causing damage to the boys’ lungs.

The manufactured home had smoke detectors, but they weren’t working,” Ron Pray, Victoria County fire marshal, explained. “If the smoke detectors had been working, the boys would have awakened.”

This fire came just a few weeks after five children died in another manufactured home fire in the neighboring town of Edna. Pray explained that “It is as important as ever to get the word out about testing smoke alarms monthly.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire in half. Victoria (City) Fire Marshal Tom Legler said that “Smoke alarms give everybody a fighting chance.” He suggested making a reminder on calendars and smartphones for a specific day each month to check whether the alarm works. He also said that residents could simply use a broomstick to test the alarm if it’s too high on the wall or ceiling.

In addition, he said that the Victoria fire marshal staff and firefighters can provide additional help and can change alarm batteries on request. “If invited, they will go to the home to check whether the detector is adequate and conduct a fire safety survey,” Legler said. In addition, he said that the city offers free smoke alarms and installation for those who need financial assistance.

Victoria County Fire Marshal Pray said he supports this campaign, especially for “those out in the county who might not realize they face additional safety concerns.” One thing that can lead to fires, he said, is that rural homes are not inspected or subject to regulations like the ones in the city. He’s been to manufactured homes with five or six room additions on which the homeowners did their own electrical work.

He cautions homeowners not to overload electrical outlets, be careful not to leave hot appliances unattended and to follow directions on operating space heaters. “This is especially dangerous in older manufactured homes,” he said. “They tend to burn very quickly because of the materials they are made of.”

No clear information was available about the factory built home that burned, revealing if it was constructed before or after the HUD Code regulations went into effect on June 15, 1976. Manufactured homes built according to HUD specifications are far more fire resistant and perform better at preventing losses than conventional construction (see NFPA report referenced below). However, if people make additions and do their own electrical wiring – or fail to keep working smoke detectors – those action present additional hazards not caused by the manufactured home or its design. ##

 

See related article: http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/manufactured-homes-safer-in-fires-than-sticks-and-bricks-houses/

(Photo Credit: Victoria, Texas, Advocate)

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