NFPA sets the record straight on MHI press release

Published on November 8, 2011
Post-standard manufactured homes pose a comparable fire death risk to other one- or two-family homes

November 8, 2011 – Correcting what it characterized as a misleading press release issued by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reiterated testimony delivered at a recent hearing of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee in Alexandria, Va.

NFPA testified that according to its report Manufactured Homes, post-standard manufactured homes pose a fire death risk comparable to the risk in other one- or two-family homes. NFPA statistics show the fire death rate in all manufactured homes is 3.4 deaths per 100,000 occupied housing units, well above the range estimated for other homes, which is 2.3-2.6 deaths per 100,000 occupied housing units. Fire death rates have been considerably reduced by the federal standards, however, and NFPA estimates that the fire death rate in post-standard manufactured homes is 2.4 deaths per 100,000 occupied housing units, or comparable to the range of rates for other homes.

NFPA’s report concludes that new manufactured homes have as high a fire death risk as other new homes. All national model consensus codes for other new homes require fire sprinklers. NFPA testified in support of including fire sprinklers in the construction of manufactured homes.

For more information on home fire sprinklers, visit www.firesprinklerinitiative.org.

About the Fire Sprinkler Initiative:  Bringing Safety Home
The Fire Sprinkler Initiative, a project of the National Fire Protection Association, is a nationwide effort to encourage the use of home fire sprinklers and the adoption of fire sprinkler requirements for new construction.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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