Safety Tips for Manufactured Home Dwellers
Manufactured homeowners often face many of the same potential risks as other homeowners. The same precautions should be taken with a manufactured home as with any other dwelling.
One of the single most destructive threats to your manufactured home is a fire. Manufactured home owners should take extra precautions to safeguard their dwelling from the potential risk of a fire. While not all fires can be prevented, there are several things you can do to reduce the possibility of an outbreak:
- Change all filters on a regular basis
- Do not overload electrical sockets or place an extension cord underneath a rug
- When using a space heater, be sure they are spaced away from anything that could catch on fire if the heater were to tip over
- Keep all flammable items away from burners
- If you choose to smoke in your home, do not smoke while you are in the bed
- Be sure to regularly test all smoke detectors to be sure they are working properly
- Keep a fire extinguisher readily available and be sure you know how to use it
Particularly in our area of the country, cold nights can cause pipes to leak or burst if not properly insulated. Be sure all pipes exposed to the extreme cold are well insulated. It is also a good idea to leave all faucets on a steady trickle overnight so they do not freeze.
Hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes are also possible risks and should be planned for accordingly. Should the threat of severe weather occur, it is a good idea to have a reliable plan in place for your safety, as well as the safety of your home.
While you cannot prevent every possible disaster, you can significantly limit the amount of damage by following these suggestions. Should you find yourself with some type of damage, whether caused by a fire or something else, be sure to contact your Alfa Insurance® agent to file a claim.