As Winter Approaches, Fire Safety Facts and Myths Take Center Stage

I, MarcusObal [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsAs another winter arrives and the weather cools, people make a mad dash for heaters and fireplaces.

This of course can be dangerous if those options are not used or maintained properly.

According to News-Press Now, an example of that danger occurred early Wednesday morning In St. Joseph, Missouri when firefighters responded to a blaze in what was described as a “mobile home.

Investigators believe the woman who lived in the home was heating it with candles. One of the candles fell onto a mattress, igniting a fire at about 5 a.m.

Battalion Chief Russell Moore said the home did not have electrical service and firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.

The resident and her pets were not injured in the incident.

Fire Inspector Steve Henrichson said such incidents are not uncommon.

Frequent factors in winter home heating fires were space heaters and extension cords,” said Henrichson.

The big thing is with space heaters, nothing within 3 feet, and don’t use an extension cord. Most extension cords aren’t rated for the amount of electricity going through, and the extension cord itself gets overheated and sets something on fire.

Facts versus Myths

Credit: Stoveguard, MHLivingNews.

It is important to note that carelessness, in this instance and many others, is often the cause of home fires as opposed to the home itself.

Manufactured homes tend to get a bad rap as a cause for such incidents, even though the facts show that HUD code manufactured homes can be more fire-resistant than comparable conventional homes.

Fires in housing of all prices and types often increase during the winter months. The report linked below from the NFPA documents the fact that mobile homes are more fire prone and more likely to involve death by fire than HUD Code manufactured homes are. There have been no mobile homes built in the U.S. since June 15, 1976 – see link here. Conventional house ablaze, photo credit, Genius-com.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

From NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Report, found as a download from the article linked above.  Manufactured housing – as opposed to mobile homes – have a safety record against losses of life in fires that are lower than far more costly conventional housing.  While the source material in the story cited above is not clear, in general, stories about losses of life in an older unit that a reporter or editor is saying is a mobile home, may well in fact be a mobile home.

MHLivingNews provides in-depth coverage of the facts – and myths – surrounding manufactured housing to set the record straight. You’ll find one of those featured stories here. ##

(Image credits are as shown above.)

RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

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