A national fire safety study conducted by the Foremost Insurance Company showed that traditional, site-built homes are more than twice as likely experience a fire than manufactured or modular homes. In this study, the number of homes is 17 per 1,000 site-built homes, while only 8 per 1,000 manufactured or modular homes.
So How Are Manufactured and Modular Homes Constructed While Prioritizing Fire Safety?
Manufactured and modular homes are required to follow construction and safety codes from HUD, including items to help prevent fires in your homes. The HUD standard has been enhanced over the years. Modular construction now requires containing factory installed hard wired (or 10-year battery source), interconnected smoke alarms inside all rooms, as well as devices for hearing and visually impaired people. As a result, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), manufactured and modular homes built to the HUD standards have lower risks of death if fire occurs.
Some Safety Tips
Plan, plan, and plan. Prepare a plan with your family, especially the children and the elderly, to get out of your home in case of a fire. Practice the escape plan to ensure your family is aware of what to do.
Keep smoke alarms working. Important note: DO NOT REMOVE OR DISABLE A SMOKE ALARM. This is emphasized because we, Showcase Homes, want to ensure you the best protection. If you do not have smoke alarms near or in every sleeping room, be sure to install new ones with fresh batteries.
Heating and cooking. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Perhaps try finding space heaters that turn off automatically. Also, supervise your children when they cook or stay in the kitchen when they are using the stove. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires in homes in the U.S.