Airbnb Fire and Life Safety

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Is Your Rental Home a Safety Risk?

More and more people are vacationing using Airbnb. They offer great prices on renting rooms and entire homes. Their selection ranges from cozy and inviting to eclectic and adventurous. But just because these rentals are on the market, it does not mean that they have the proper fire and life safety devices.

How to Prepare as an Airbnb Renter

As someone who rents either a shared room, private room, or entire house on Airbnb (or any other vacation rental site) it is important to know whether or not your rental is has working fire and life safety devices. This starts when you are looking for a rental.

When you are scrolling through locations for your rental you should be looking at whether or not your location has a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, and a fire extinguisher. On the Airbnb app you can find this information under “Amenities”. If the rental that you are looking at does not have these listed under the Amenities section you should look for a property that does. If you are set on renting a location that does not have a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, or fire extinguisher you can always contact the owner through the app to discuss if they are willing to add them to the property.

Once you have arrived to your rental it is important to do your due diligence and make sure that you check to make sure that the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Just because your rental has these devices does not mean that they will work. You should also locate the fire extinguisher so you know where it is in the event of an emergency. It is also important that you know where all of your exits are and that you make an emergency evacuation plan.

It is important that you are comfortable while staying in your rental. But, it is also important that you prepare yourself in case of an emergency.

How to Prepare as an Airbnb Owner

As someone who rents out their home on Airbnb (or any other vacation rental site) it is important that you are renting out a safe space. NFPA 72 requires, “that smoke alarms are installed inside every sleep room (even for existing homes) in addition to requiring them outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home”. Larger homes also have additional standards. It is also important to test your smoke alarms regularly to ensure that they are in proper working order. Even though it is a requirement for smoke detectors to be in all homes in the US, it is common for older homes to not meet these standards.

When it comes to carbon monoxide detectors only 27 states require them in homes via their own state laws. Another 11 states require carbon monoxide detectors via the adaptation of the International Residential Code or via an amendment to their states building code. Read this list to see if your state requires carbon monoxide detectors. But, no matter the requirements in your state or not, you should have them in your home. Especially if you are renting it out.

If your home is listed on Airbnb the first 36,000 eligible hosts can get a “self-contained, battery powered smoke and CO detector at no cost during the promotion period”. This promotion ends on December 31, 2018, so act fast so you can protect your home!

-The IFS Team