Home, Safety and Weather Safety Tips for Manufactured Homes 09/07/20 When it comes to your manufactured home, safety for you and your loved ones is a top priority – while protecting your home is a close second. Check out these tips for keeping both your family and your property safe from two of the biggest threats facing manufactured homes. The most destructive threat to manufactured homes? Fire. Fire has the potential to do the most damage to manufactured homes, while also putting lives in danger. Here are some ways you can help reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in your manufactured home: Keep flammable items away from burners, space heaters and all other heat-producing devices. Regularly test all of your smoke detectors to make sure they’re working properly. Change your HVAC filters on a regular basis. Don’t overload electrical sockets. Don’t run an extension cord underneath a rug. Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make sure you know how to use it. Another major threat? The weather. Cold nights, hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes…these are all potential risks from Mother Nature that could severely damage manufactured homes. Plan accordingly by following these tips: Make sure all pipes exposed to extreme cold are well-insulated to protect them from leaks or bursts. It may sound odd, but it’s a good idea to leave all your faucets on a steady trickle overnight so they don’t freeze. In case you’re hit with severe weather, have a reliable plan in place for your safety, as well as the safety of your home. While you can’t prevent every risk that poses a threat to the safety of manufactured homes, you can help limit how often they occur – and protect yourself and your family in the process. To learn more about manufactured home insurance, or to file a claim if your home is damaged, contact your local Alfa Insurance® agent today.