Firefighting

THE DANGERS OF MOBILE HOME FIRES

Issue 5 and Volume 155.

BY JAY LOWRY Manufactured housing poses grave threats to firefighters who do not respect it. The fire service has known for years that the fire death rate in this type of housing is twice that in regular site-built homes. The eighth edition of Fire in the United States, published by the U.S. Fire Administration, said this concerning mobile homes: Mobile homes are a special category of one- and two-family dwellings. While only a small fraction of the U.S. population lives in mobile homes, they have had a severe problem in terms of fire fatalities in the past-double the fatality rate per fire compared to other homes. This caused the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1976 to establish strict standards for improving the fire safety of such homes (often now called “manufactured housing”). The HUD standard clearly made an impact. However, the mobile home fire problem is still…

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