Blizzard winds topple tiny home near Cripple Creek

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At least one tiny home was toppled by the blizzard-force winds that swept through southern Colorado Tuesday morning. 

The Cripple Creek Fire Department shared photos of the damage on its Facebook page Tuesday morning. 

Firefighters rescued one woman and two cats from inside the home. The woman is expected to be okay. 

According to FOX21 Meteorologist Emily Roehler, gusts were up to at least 50 miles per hour in that area, and they treated the tiny house like a tumbleweed.  

Now, tiny home owners and experts are giving tips that will be a big help. 

Judah and Dawn Horst built their tiny house in a year. It’s on several acres in Black Forest.  

“Tons of researching leading up to it,” Judah Horst said. “Looking at building codes, stability, and how you distribute the weight throughout the house, since it is on a trailer.”

Their house is on wheels, but it isn’t going anywhere, because they have hurricane ties and skirting.  

Tiny House Festival Founder Marcus Alvarado said to be safe, make sure the house’s windows and doors are good. Also, have hurricane straps attached from the house to the ground. Finally, have secure skirting so the wind doesn’t get under or in your house.  

Alvarado recommends getting a certified builder rather than doing a DIY build.  

Kevin Polk, president of the American Tiny House Association, offered the following tips for living safely in a tiny house: 

  • Do not build or purchase a movable tiny house that hasn’t been inspected by a third party certification company. Some builders will offer to self-certify. Decline that.
  • If you aren’t traveling in your movable tiny house—that is to say, you want to reside somewhere on an ongoing basis—apply for a permit with the city or county you live in. 
  • When your movable tiny house is parked (either permanently or overnight), use a tie-down system that is adequate for the range of conditions you might encounter in that location. It’s a pain, but it could save your life and avoid property damage.

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