Because families in mobile home communities live so close together, there are special areas of concern when it comes to fire safety. It’s important to remember that what you do in your mobile home can affect people living next door.
Tips for living safely in mobile home communities:
- Make sure you have smoke alarms that work.
- Never leave smoking materials burning.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Have a fire escape plan and practice it.
- Know at least two ways to get out of your mobile home. Pick a family meeting place outside the mobile home.
- Make sure there’s a number on your mobile home door.
- Don’t run extension cords under carpets or from unit-to-unit. They can easily overheat. Extension cords are for temporary use only. They are not to be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
If there is a fire:
- Get out of the home.
- Once out – STAY OUT. Do not go back in for ANY reason.
- Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
- Give the dispatcher as much accurate information as you can.
- Use your fire escape plan. Go to the designated family meeting place.
- Try to let neighbors know to get out. Help elderly people or families who have many children.
- Have someone meet the fire trucks when they arrive, if it can be done safely.
- Keep the fire lanes open.
- If you can’t get out, use a mobile phone to stay in touch with 9-1-1 dispatchers. Shine a flashlight or wave a sheet out the window to alert firefighters that you’re trapped.
- Stay calm.