Fire safety measures are lacking in some Airbnb venues, according to study

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on May 8, 2018

Image of a smoke alarm, followed by a list of safety tipsAirbnb hosts rent all or part of their home to guests as an alternative to traditional hotels or other hospitality settings. A new study in the journal Injury Prevention evaluating Airbnb fire safety finds that 20 percent of Airbnb’s in Washington, D.C. might not have smoke alarms. The study evaluated listings of amenities in Airbnb properties in 16 U.S. cities to calculate availability of safety features. According to WTOP, the study found that 58 percent listed carbon monoxide alarms and less than half reported having fire extinguishers or first aid kits.

“Safety amenities are important when you stay someplace and you as a consumer should be aware if they’re provided,” said Dr. Vanya Jones of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

NFPA’s safety tips sheets on the topics of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and hotel and motel safety provide advice on precautions to take and safety measures for the home or when you’re away.