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Best Safety Practices for Your Rental Property

After purchasing a property, creating an appealing interior design, and capturing professional-grade photos to advertise online, vacation rental owners may think they have everything covered; however, in addition to legal obligations like a vacation rental agreement, ensuring guest safety in rental properties is essential. Creating processes that prioritize the well-being of guests and minimizing risks is necessary beyond merely making your property more marketable.

To promote safety in Airbnb vacation rentals, homeowners can implement the following procedures:

1. Provide safety instructions for all appliances.

The safety of your guests should be the primary concern when running a vacation rental. While sunburn may seem like the most obvious safety issue, there are other potential hazards that can be just as dangerous.

Household appliances such as stoves, ovens, dishwashers and barbecues can pose a significant threat if not used with care. Burns from these appliances are a real possibility, especially if guests are unfamiliar with their operation or do not take proper precautions. Hence, it is essential to take necessary steps to prevent accidents and avoid a trip to the hospital.

One such measure is to install a dishwasher latch that prevents children from opening it before the cycle has cooled down completely. Additionally, remind your guests to never leave the barbecue unattended and use the proper equipment when operating it. It also helps to put up warning signs near the oven and stove to remind everyone to exercise caution while cooking.

By taking these simple yet effective actions, you can make sure that your guests have a safe and enjoyable stay in your vacation rental.

2. Make some adjustments to prevent slips, trips, or falls.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are a major safety hazard for older adults, with one in five experiencing a broken bone or head injury. Falls can happen anywhere, but they are more common in homes and can be caused by anything from slippery floors to cluttered spaces.

Fortunately, there are several measures homeowners can take to minimize the risks associated with falls. One key approach is to ensure that all staircases have stable handrails and sufficient lighting. In addition, those who frequently host families with children can set up approved safety gates to give parents peace of mind.

By taking proactive steps to prevent falls, homeowners can create a safer environment for their guests and reduce the likelihood of injury or harm.

3. Store cleaning products in a safe spot.

US poison control centers provided guidance for over 2.1 million incidents in 2016. Many household items that we usually overlook can pose a significant threat to our guests, such as cleaning and home maintenance products, or even over-the-counter medications. However, we can reduce the likelihood of such incidents by being armed with the proper knowledge and taking preventative measures.

To minimize the danger of poisoning at your property, it is crucial to ensure that all cleaning products and detergents are securely stored out of reach from children. You can achieve this by using childproof locks or cabinets with key locks. In addition, it's important to encourage guests to always read labels and follow instructions when using any consumer product and avoid mixing chemicals. It is also wise to keep the number for poison control handy in case of an emergency.

By taking these steps, you can minimize the risk of poisoning incidents in your rental property and keep your guests safe.

4. Verify all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

It's crucial to have functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors inside homes since fire is a significant danger. National Fire Protection Association suggests that carbon monoxide monitors are placed outside of sleeping areas, on each floor, and wherever the law mandates. Airbnb encourages hosts to put up working detectors in their accommodations and examine them frequently.

To prevent accidental fires in your home, ensure that all appliances and their plugs are in good working condition and free from fraying wires or broken cords. Repair or replace any damaged equipment promptly. A fire extinguisher and fire blanket should also be provided at your property to help you deal with any emergency incidents. It is important to make sure that these are stored in a visible and easily accessible area, such as the kitchen.

To further prevent fires, you may educate your guests on fire safety in your house rules. Teaching them not to leave lit candles unattended, especially near windows and blankets, and keeping them out of reach of children is crucial. Also, encourage them to unplug small appliances like toasters and kettles when not in use.

Taking these extra steps can mitigate the chances of fire hazards and ensure the safety of your guests and your home.

Key takeaway:

A top concern for rental property owners is ensuring the safety of their guests while on vacation. By implementing clear guidelines for equipment usage and offering solutions to minimize risk, you can prevent potential property damage or accidents for your guests. Make guest safety a top priority, and create a positive vacation experience for everyone involved.

Need help managing your Southern California vacation rental? Turn to professionals at AMG to help maximize your homeowner revenue and elevate your guests' experiences. Receive your custom Management Proposal from us to get started!


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