Death Rate for Mobile Home Fire Victims is Nearly Double as High as for Site-Built Homes
Mobile home park and trailer fires can be a destructive force. A neighbor’s negligence or a landlord’s failure to provide a safe environment, can cause you to lose your home, all of your belongings, or a loved one. A fire started in one home can easily spread to the next home and before you know it an entire park can be engulfed in flames.
The death rate for mobile home fire victims is nearly twice as high as for site-built homes. The U.S. Fire Administration published it’s eight edition of “Fire in the United States” noting the danger of mobile home fires as being significant:
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 significant.
Mobile Homes Are Built to be Moved Around
Unfortunately, mobile homes are built in a fashion that enables the structures to burn rapidly. This portability and the small size of moveable homes allows fire to spread more easily in mobile homes than most site-built homes. For example, mobile homes are raised off the ground and the crawl space underneath the home is often covered with decorative skirting. If the material, which is often wood, is ignited, fire can quickly spread underneath the flooring as well as climb and surround the outside of the home. Once floors catch fire, they can collapse causing further damage to property and increasing the risks for catastrophic injuries or loss of life.
When fires start inside a mobile home they spread rapidly. Mobile homes are designed and built to be portable and many contain aluminum which both light-weight but also has a low melting point. When metal supports, roofing and siding are heated and begin to melt they can collapse.
Mobile home appliances are much smaller than those used in site-built homes but in mobile homes built before 1976, heating and cooking equipment were installed in close proximity to sleeping areas. Older mobile homes often were built with propane heating systems more susceptible to fire than electrical units.
Mobile Home Parks in Massachusetts
- Easton Mobile Home Park (47 Beaver Dam Rd, North Easton, MA 02356)
- Easton Mobile Home Park (305 Turnpike St, South Easton, MA 02375)
- Halifax Mobile Home Estates Mobile Home Park (Halifax, MA 02338)
- American Mh Community Mobile Home Park (324 W Center St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379)
- Matfield Woods Mobile Home Park (320 West Center St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379)
- Beacon Mobil Home Park (855 N Main St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379)
- Live Oaks Village Mobile Home Park (680 Union St, Rockland, MA 02370)
- Pine Hill Estates Mobile Home Park (272 Hall St, Raynham, MA 02767)
- Leisurewoods Mobile Home Park (50 Highland Street, Taunton, MA 02780)
- Oak Hill Mobile Home Park (1 Beech St, Taunton, MA 02780)
- Colonial Estates Mobile Home Park (3 John Alden Rd, Taunton, MA 02780)
- Cranberry Village Inc Mobile Home Park (75 Cranberry Rd, Carver, MA 02330)
- South Meadow Village Co Op Mobile Home Park (36 South Meadow Vlg # 10, Carver, MA 02330)
- Edgeway Mobil Homes Mobile Home Park (17 Wesley Cir, Middleboro, MA 02346)
- Oak Point Mobile Home Park (200 Oak Point Drive, Middleborough, MA 02346)
- Garden Homes Estates Mobile Home Park (2833 Cranberry Hwy, Wareham, MA 02571)
- Royal Crest Inc Mobile Home Park (2340 Cranberry Hwy, West Wareham, MA 02576)
- Great Hill Estates Mobile Home Park (1 Great Hill Dr, West Wareham, MA 02576)
- Ripley’s Mobile Home Park (8 Swifts Beach Rd, Wareham, MA 02571)
- Pinehurst Mobile Home Village Park (1 Pinehurst Dr # A, Plymouth, MA 02360)
- Plymouth Commons Cooperative Mobile Home Park (1 Community Dr, Plymouth, MA 02360)
- Norton Estates Mobile Home Park (250 Mansfield Ave Ofc, Norton, MA 02766)
- Town and Country Mobile Estates (216 Summer St, Kingston, MA 02364)
- Nob Hill Estates Mobile Home Park (21 Leisure Ter, Weymouth, MA 02188)
- Norfolk Mobile Home & Rv Park Park (131 Washington St, Foxboro, MA 02035)
- Whispering Pines Mobile Home (1174 S Washington St, North Attleboro, MA 02760)
- Eastlande Mobile Home Park (1346 Newport Ave, Attleboro, MA 02703)
- Higgins Mobile Homes Inc Mobile Home Park (45 Washington St, Plainville, MA 02762)
- Killarney Estates Mobile Home Park (18 Taunton St, Plainville, MA 02762)
- Acushnet Mh Community Mobile Home Park (168 Lake St, Acushnet, MA 02743)
- Otis Trailer Village Mobile Home Park (300 Route 151 # 1, Mashpee, MA 02649)
Injured by a Fire in a Mobile Home or Trailer Park Fire?
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