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  1. 2)Install additional alarms in the bedrooms, especially if anyone in the home sleeps with the bedroom door closed. Twenty years ago, smoke alarms were only required to be installed in the hallway or access room to
    each bedroom; so most mobile homes had a hard-wired smoke alarm at each side of the living room. Today they are required to be in each bedroom too; plus, the smoke alarms must to be interconnected, so that when one senses smoke they all go off. An easy safety upgrade in an older mobile home is to install a battery-powered smoke alarm in each bedroom.

  2. 3)Have an escape plan. Every mobile home is required to have two doors to the outside with an open path to get out of the home without any lockable doors between each bedroom and the exit door. No interior remodeling should interfere with the dual escape passageways. Homes manufactured to the post-1976 HUD standard are also required to have windows in each bedroom that are openable and large enough to use as a secondary escape route. Make sure the windows still open easily, and do not have any locks or bars on them. If you must have security bars over the windows, they should have a quick-release device that makes them openable from the inside without a tool. And, yes, hold a real fire drill with the kids once a year.

  3. 4)Hire an electrician at the first sign of any electrical problems, like circuit breakers that keep popping, lights that flicker, or any electrical burning smell. Don’t try to fix it yourself. More fires are caused by homeowner electrical repairs than by the original problem.

  4. 5)Smoke outside. Keep a large, non-tip ashtray nearby on a stable surface and empty it regularly.

  5. 6)Keep your skirting intact with no openings that a small animal can get into.

  6. 7)Don’t store wood under or next to the home, or any flammable items such as charcoal lighter fluid or gasoline.

  7. 8)Stay in the kitchen when the range is on. Unattended cooking is a leading cause of house fires. Having a small fire extinguisher rated for kitchen fires near the range is always a good idea too.

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  Here’s links to more of our blog posts with useful information about buying and owning a mobile home:

  1. Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it?

  2. Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home?

  3. How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?

  4. What is the life expectancy of a mobile home?

  5. What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

  6. What is the right price for a used mobile home?

  7. What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home?

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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  2. How can I tell the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?

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