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Fire Prevention Efforts Focus On Mobile Homes

December 2, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County, Town of Jackson No Comments
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Jackson Hole Fire/EMS has just completed a focused fire prevention campaign aimed at those living in mobile homes locally.  Fire Marshal Kathy Clay explains that such homes present unique concerns in the event of a fire or circumstances that could lead to fire.  She explains that mobile homes are set up differently than a house.  As such she says, “Probably your number one concern is making sure you have two ways out of your mobile home…and right behind that as far as priority and safety is to make sure you have an active working smoke detector in all the places that are needed.” Clay also points out that mobile homes pose special challenges for heating since they are not built on basements or crawl spaces. She says it is harder to keep mobile homes warm, and that’s probably why a lot of folks have equipped them with woodstoves.  She urges those people to be sure the stove is properly installed and the chimney is swept clean.  Additionally she says, “Make sure your baseboard heaters are clear – and a lot of times people will put electric tape on their pipes to keep those from freezing, and you want to make sure that the electric tape is installed per manufacturer’s directions.”  Clay says fire prevention packets in both English and Spanish have been distributed to all the mobile homes in the community and fire officials are willing to come out to help residents with their fire prevention efforts.

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