Airbnb encourages hosts to thinking carefully about the responsibilities required to fulfill this role- while it has many benefits, there is a certain level of commitment, too.
There are numerous safety recommendations from Airbnb for hosts, in order to keep both hosts and guests safe.
In case of emergency, make a list of local emergency numbers and the nearest hospital for your guests. Provide a clear emergency number for yourself as well as a backup phone number. Also provide let the guests know what the best way to contact you in case of emergency is.
Make a first aid kit available for guests. Have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector installed. Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher available for guests if needed.
Your fire escape route should be clearly marked and there should be a map posted in your home.
Always be mindful of your guests’ privacy. Always let your guests know if there are security cameras or other surveillance equipment anywhere near your space. Be sure to follow federal, state, and local laws.
Set safe occupancy limits. You may find guidance from your local government.
Walk through your home and identify any areas where guests have the potential to trip or fall and remove the hazard or mark the area clearly. Fix any exposed wires. Make sure the stairs are safe and have railings. Remove or lock up objects that could be dangerous for your guests. Make sure your home is safe for children or notify guests of possible hazards.
Be sure that your home is properly ventilated and temperature control is working and clearly marked. Make sure the guests know how to safely use the heater.
All of these things are important to keep your guests (and yourself) safe.
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