Disaster survivors displaced from their homes will now have one less thing to worry about if sheltering in temporary housing.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has decided to include key fire safety features--particularly, fire sprinklers--in its new manufactured housing units. Following a major disaster, these units serve as a temporary home until formal repairs or permanent housing is acquired. FEMA wanted to make sure its next generation of temporary housing was as safe as the agency could provide, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate recently told an ABC affiliate. The concealed sprinklers accompany smoke alarms throughout the unit.
"When you put people into a new environment, into a new home they're not familiar with after they've lost everything, it's likely there's an increased risk of accidents. Some of those might be accidental fires," Fugate told ABC. "[These safety features] provide an additional layer of safety."
Prior to the decision to sprinkler these new units, FEMA consulted NFPA about requirements in NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes. FEMA also collaborated with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to produce an easy-to-read "living with sprinklers" document for the displaced that includes information on sprinkler myths, do's and dont's, and the unit's water tank and pump.
Revisit this blog for more information on these new units.