If there ever happened to be a fire in your manufactured or modular home, it’s good to know the best way to evacuate your home. Typically, it would be the front or the back door, but if neither of those are safe options, opening a window during a fire is your best option.
It never hurts to be one step ahead in emergency situations. Familiarize yourself and the rest of your family with the windows around your home and make sure everyone knows how to quickly remove your windows for emergencies.
Use the following tips as you identify the numerous escape routes across your home.
How to Remove Your Manufactured Home Window
To remove your manufactured home window, unlock the sash lock on your window. Then slide up the bottom part of your window, which is also known as the sash. You’ll then be able to climb out of the open window to safety.
The Anatomy of a Window
Most windows in Clayton manufactured or modular homes are double pane, single-hung, tilt-in sash windows.
In case you’re unsure of the different parts of your windows, like the sash, here’s the anatomy of a window so you can be prepared in case of emergencies.
- Frame – Enclosure that holds the main parts of the window
- Sash – Moveable part of the window that holds the glass
- Sash lock – Locking mechanism used on your window
- Lift – Handle for sliding the sash up
Exceptions to the typical manufactured home window size and design could mean that different windows might not have sashes. That includes windows that are custom built or are sized for parts of your home like a window above your kitchen sink or a privacy bathroom window.
Window Maintenance and Safety Tips
For your family’s safety, it’s important to maintain your manufactured home windows and have an in case of emergency plan prepared.
1. Make sure your windows open easily
- Fix any problems that could cause the window to stick
- Clear any excess debris
- Repair any broken parts
2. Check the safety of each escape route
- Be aware if the window is high off the ground (especially if you have children). If this is the case, keeping a foldable stool in the room would be beneficial in case of an emergency
- Make sure security bars have an emergency release on them
3. Confirm that everyone is aware and able to unlock the windows and remove them by sliding the sash up.
Remember, periodically checking your windows is never a bad idea because you can never be too careful. Besides, it might just come in handy one day. Check out more homeownership tips on our website!
Topics Home Maintenance