Manufactured homes for sale, or to some, mobile homes, are structures that are fixed to a strong chassis. These homes are designed specifically to be towed and are not same as prefabricated or modular homes.
Manufactured Homes For Sale and HUD
The federal government regulates building of mobile homes. Since 1976, manufactured homes need to comply with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards. These standards cover a wide range of safety requirements, which also include fire safety.
HUD improves their standards over time, and the final HUD rule for smoke alarm installation and use in manufactured houses is based on NFPA 501. NFPA provides the following guidelines to increase fire safety in manufactured homes for sale.
Ensure that Smoke Alarms are Working
After you install a smoke alarm in your manufactured home, you should never disable or remove it. If you are experiencing many false alarms, it will be better to relocate the alarm away from the bathroom steam or cooking fumes. In addition, you can install photoelectric smoke alarms in areas near baths and kitchen to decrease the number of nuisance alarms.
NFPA 501 also permits the use of a smoke alarm with a silencing option, if you install it within 20 feet of a cooking appliance. NFPA also recommends that you test all the smoke alarms at least once a month. In most cases, you simply need to press the test button provided in the alarm. Apart from that, it will be good to dust or vacuum smoke alarms occasionally.
Install An Adequate Number of Smoke Alarms
If your manufactured home is old and does not have smoke alarms installed in every bedroom and family living area, you should immediately install new smoke alarms to offer fire protection to these rooms. It will be good to interconnect all the alarms in the home, so that when one of the alarms sounds, all of them will start to sound.
Have an escape plan if you have a fire in your manufactured home. You should make an escape plan that offers alternate exits out of all the rooms. Ensure that you can open and get out of doors and windows. In fact, HUD mandates that all manufactured houses built after 1976 have windows that serve as as secondary escape routes.
Immediately fix windows that are nailed shut or painted and doors that are stuck. Moreover, grates or security bars over windows should have quick release devices that allow you to open the windows at times of emergency.