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Winter Safety Checklist for Manufactured Home Living

Updated: Jan 12

Winter brings its own set of challenges, but with a little preparation, you can ensure a safe and cozy season in your manufactured home. Follow this comprehensive winter safety checklist to protect yourself, your home, and your loved ones.

1. Frozen Pipes Prevention:

  • Insulate Pipes: Wrap exposed pipes with insulation to prevent freezing. Pay extra attention to pipes in unheated areas like crawl spaces.  

  • Drip Faucets: Allow faucets to drip slightly to relieve pressure and reduce the risk of pipes freezing. Focus on both hot and cold water faucets.  

  • Seal Drafts: Seal any gaps or drafts in your home to keep cold air out and maintain a consistent temperature inside.  

  • Heat Tape: Consider installing heat tape on vulnerable pipes. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

2. Slippery Walkways and Steps:

  • De-Icing Materials: Keep de-icing materials, such as salt or sand, on hand to prevent ice buildup on walkways and steps.  

  • Shovel Regularly: Stay ahead of snow accumulation by shoveling walkways promptly after snowfall to prevent ice formation.  

  • Non-Slip Mats: Place non-slip mats near entrances and high-traffic areas to provide traction and reduce the risk of slips and falls.  

  • Proper Footwear: Wear appropriate footwear with good traction when walking on icy surfaces.

3. Fire Prevention:

  • Heating Appliance Inspection: Have heating appliances, such as furnaces and space heaters, inspected regularly by a professional.  

  • Clear Space Around Heaters: Ensure that there is a clear space of at least three feet around heating appliances and that no flammable materials are nearby.  

  • Fireplace Safety: If you have a fireplace, have the chimney inspected and cleaned annually. Use a fire screen to prevent sparks.  

  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure carbon monoxide detectors are installed and in working condition, especially if using gas appliances.

TIP: Never use extension cords to plug in a heater. One of the leading causes of a home fire is a unit that has been incorrectly plugged in. Always plug your heater directly into the wall.

4. Emergency Preparedness:

  • Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essentials such as blankets, non-perishable food, water, flashlights, and a first aid kit.  

  • Evacuation Plan: Develop and review an evacuation plan with your family, including a meeting point outside the home.  

  • Stay Informed: Keep abreast of weather forecasts and community alerts. Know where emergency shelters are located.

5. General Winter Safety:

  • HVAC Maintenance: Schedule regular maintenance for your heating system to ensure optimal performance.  

  • Propane Safety: If using propane, inspect tanks, and lines regularly for leaks. Store propane tanks in a secure, well-ventilated area.  

  • Exterior Lighting: Ensure that exterior lights are in working order to provide visibility during the darker winter evenings.  

  • Mobile Home Skirting Inspection: Check and reinforce your mobile home skirting to prevent drafts and reduce heat loss.

  • Community Communication: Stay connected with the community. Share safety tips with neighbors and encourage a collaborative approach to winter safety.

By following this winter safety checklist, you can create a secure and comfortable environment in your manufactured home during the colder months.

Wishing you a season filled with comfort, joy, and the magic of Christmas! Stay warm, stay safe, and stay tuned for more valuable tips and insights from PNW Used Mobile Homes.

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