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    So what is Mobile Home Safety?

    Most mobile homes will have many gas appliances connected, the water heater to heat the water, for the shower and other hot outlets.

    The cooker or hob so you can cook your family meal.

    Even a gas fire to keep you warm on those chilly nights.

    But did you know that these gas appliances need fresh air (Oxygen) to work safely?

    The above are all Mobile Home Safety issues.

    Mobile homes builders build to a safe specification for all gas appliances to be fitted in the new mobile home.

    Let look at the water heater first.

    Most water heaters are open flue gas appliance, which means they draw the air they need from the room.

    When installed in a compartment, the two vents will be at a high and low level.

    Whatever you do, never blocked these vents, incorrect ventilation can cause the water heater to leak carbon monoxide.

    As we all know, carbon monoxide is a silent killer.

    Ensure these vents are kept clean and clear of any obstructions.

    Never store anything in the compartment it was designed purely for the water heater.

    Gas fires, just like water heaters, need ventilation to work safely.

    You may see vents on the wall close to the fire these, should always be kept clear.

    I have seen these vent covered over with paper when carrying out a Gas Safety Inspection.

    Onto cooking, did you know that when you use the oven or the hob, you should have a window or door open, doesn’t have to be fully open just, open a little.

    One thing that is causing lots of problems at the moment is enclosing your mobile home with skirtings all around.

    Yes, it looks good and helps to keep the mobile home warmer in the colder months.

    But it is restricting the airflow to the vents fitted to the floor of the mobile.

    Another problem is people filling in the void under the mobile home with insulation then fitting skirting all around.

    You can do this but before you do, trace every floor vent and route it to the outside, so it does not get blocked off.

    Another factor that you have to take into account is the number of people within your mobile home.

    The more people, the more oxygen is used up.

    Yes, I know this may sound silly, it true though.

    An example of this would be, its a cold night the fire is on full, mums cooking the dinner everything working, the oven and the hob.

    Six people, everyone taking it in turn to shower, no windows open.

    You will start, to notice that the windows steam up, this is a sign your mobile home is lacking fresh air.

    Mobile Home Safety, again how safe is yours?

    The people who build these mobile homes are very experienced and have many years of knowledge behind them.

    When you start to block off the underside of your mobile home to make it look more homely, you could be putting your family at risk.

    Here are a couple of Gas Safety tips to follow.

    Have a mobile home Gas Safety Inspection at least once a year.

    At the same time, ask the Gas Safe Engineer to service all of your gas appliances.

    It will work out cheaper for you if you have the above all done at the same time.

    Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms within your mobile home.

    Don’t forget though, when searching for a gas engineer they must be registered to work on LPG.

    Once you find an engineer ask if they can work on your mobile home gas appliances.

    Ask to see the engineers gas safe card, make a note of the registration number which is on the front.

    Now visit the Gas Safe register and check these details to confirm.

    Most mobile home parks now required that you at least have an annual safety inspection carried out.

    They also like to have on record, a copy of the gas certificate that’s issued after the safety inspection, insurance purposes.

    Mobile Home Safety is what it says, SAFETY.

    I hope you find this article helpful and informative.

    Don’t cut corners just, to save a few pounds.

    Be safe, be gas safe.