Federal requirements mandate precautionary measures in new manufactured homes, mainly to reduce risks from natural calamities. Studies indicate more than 51 percent such incidences in the American suburbs occur due to missing smoke alarms. When going for budget-savvy small manufactured homes, the occupants must ensure the following precautionary measures.
Test Smoke Alarms Intermittently
Self-triggering alarms should be fixed in a permanent place. Replace batteries at least once a year and test the alarm with persistent smoke, from time to time to know whether it is in fine working condition. To avoid repeat instances of alarms, please keep the smoke alarms away from furnaces and water heaters.
Connect Throughout the Home
Forming a connection throughout the whole family is the pre-requisite of quality living and this applies to safety precautions too. When laying down plans for new manufactured homes, tell your designer to have proper spaces for implementing uniform alarm system. As in, when one makes a sound all the other alarms in separate living rooms must strike the same note.
Place Accessible Exit Doors
Small manufactured homes lead to congestion when people run around circles at the instance of a fire. Make sure you place French type windows for emergency exit and have fire extinguishers that operate properly. You will not have time to plan your escape at times of emergencies, so have a tactful plan to move out beforehand.
Be Careful with Kerosene Heaters
Kerosene heaters need not be turned on all the time. You may turn it off unless it is freezing cold in the small manufactured homes. As a precaution, check with your local sheriff in the fire department to know whether rules permits the use of gaseous substances.
Have Robust Walls that Don’t Spread Fire
Since the HUD standards in 1976, manufacturers are directed to use wall linings to prevent spreading fire. Gypsum walls are used instead of the plywood, in cooking areas in particular. Anyway, you shouldn’t be hanging objects on the pre-built walls in a living area to ensure full safety across rooms.
Avoid Chain Smoking Inside Living Rooms
Chain smoking should be prohibited inside the home. In case smokers persist on continuing the habit, tell them how smoke butts create a sudden outburst of fire during the summer heat. Stopping and cleaning the floor is the best case scenario. The worst case scenario, however, is having an ashtray for collecting smoke butts.