Factors Affecting Fire Spread in Mobile Homes. Notes taken from Fire
Protection Handbook, 18th Edition and Investigating the Fireground, 2nd
Edition (1996) Phillips & McFadden.
Abstract: This article lists important facts concerning mobile
fires taken from Investigating the Fireground and the Fire Protection Handbook.
The topics covered include the combustibility of interior finishing materials,
the construction of the mobile home, and the household fire warning equipment.
Most materials found inside a mobile home, such as carpeting, plastic
floor covering, wood paneling, and low density fiberboard ceilings are highly
combustible. The mobile home also occupies a small space, so the conditions
for flashover occur soon after a fire ignites. Early flashover may result
in more fire fatalities. NFPA analysis shows that a smoke detector will
decrease the chances of fire fatalities by half. Fatalities could be decreased
even further if mobile home owners maintain their detectors and place them
in the right locations.
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