Vacation rental company’s like Airbnb, are popular amongst homeowners in Seattle and Tacoma, WA.A large proportion of tourists, vacationers, and stay-cationers are now using vacation rental homes as their first option, ahead of hotels or hostels.
The continued growth of Airbnb and other companies offers new economic opportunities for many landlords and has undoubtedly revolutionized accommodation for visitors. However, all disruptive innovation brings new challenges and risks. For vacation home’s- the risk is fire safety.
Lack of Safety Standards
Airbnb hosts are not held to the same strict fire safety standards as hostels. Although Airbnb encourages their hosts to install smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, it is common for guests to book an Airbnb, without receiving any proper guarantee for fire safety. In truth, it’s easy to forget about basic safety when dealing with temporary accommodation, both as a homeowner and as an occupant.
The primary cause for this confusion is the current grey area over where the accountability lies. If a tenant causes a fire, but no working smoke alarm was installed – should the fault lie with the host or with the guest?
Commitment To Safety in Seattle and Tacoma, WA
At 4 Way Safety, we believe the remedy is clear. Until new regulations are implemented, fire safety should not be compromised over convenience, laziness or cost, irrespective of where the liability lies.
Remember – working smoke alarms save lives. Whether you’re a guest or a host, ensure your property has working smoke alarms with help from our expert team.