The tiny home movement is all the rage right now, with people choosing to build their homes smaller and in a variety of ways. You can find tiny home neighborhoods, people who create tiny homes in vehicles like buses, vans, and RVs, and even tiny homes high in the trees!
But fire safety for tiny homes is a growing concern. Fires double in size minute with appropriate fuel and oxygen, and at a certain point "flashover", meaning everything spontaneously ignites at once. The typical home is consumed in flames within six or seven minutes - so imagine how quickly a tiny home can erupt!
Luckily for you, we have a handful of tips for fire safety in tiny homes today. Keep reading to learn more!
Build it Right
A home is only as sturdy and safe as the materials it uses. While no one code exists that tiny homes must legally conform to, keep certain building guidelines in mind while you build to make sure your little home will be safer from fires.
- Don't use any materials in your construction that don't adhere to fire safety regulations.
- Insulation and other building materials all have varying levels of fire retardancy, so choose the greater resistance when building.
- Hire a professional to wire your electrical, solar, and propane systems.
- If you choose to have a wood stove, have it professionally installed.
- Design your tiny home with multiple exits to avoid becoming trapped inside.
- Keep fire safety on your mind when choosing a layout so you can consider the sizes of clearances and traffic areas.
Keep Your Space Safe
Once your build is complete, you'll want to make sure you practice good fire safety measures in your smaller space.
Although space is at a premium in tiny homes, you'll want to ensure combustibles of all kinds are stored away from sources of heat and flame. If you have a solar system, make sure you're familiar with the system and keep it properly stored and maintained.
Invest in fire extinguishers and keep them in multiple places throughout the home. You should also have smoke and CO2 alarms in the house.
Regularly inspect and maintain the propane system and wood stove and chimney, if you have them. Have all systems inspected and serviced by licensed professionals.
If you're truly concerned, get in touch with a local fire department. They are generally happy to provide guidance for specific situations.
Fire Safety for Tiny Homes
Fire safety for tiny homes should be taken seriously. A tiny home can be engulfed by flames in mere minutes, and if you're asleep in it or you have pets inside while you're away, you may not just lose your home.
Luckily, we're here to help, and we're passionate about tiny homes. The AFG Fireball is the first and only certified ball-type automatic fire extinguisher allowed to be sold on the market today - completely non-toxic and ready to guard your tiny home day and night.
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