Host safely - anytime, anywhere
As a host, you will need to be welcoming and responsible for ensuring your guests are safe in your home. We are here to help hosts make their homes safer through our home safety tips.
√ Clear emergency procedures
Write out emergency procedures for yourself, and leave a clear, visible copy for guests to refer to easily. Be sure to include local emergency numbers and details for the nearest hospital. Also be sure to provide a working emergency contact number with clear instructions for how to contact you if the guest has any questions or if an issue arises. Have a wel stocked first aid kit easily available and sensure your guest knows where to find it.
√ Fire prevention in your home
The Government has published a guide to fire safety in paid-for accommodation in England and Wales, which you can access here. The guide states that "fire safety law applies to you if anyone pays to stay in your property, other than to live there as a permanent home.” Your local fire service is responsible for enforcing fire safety laws. For those based elsewhere, please refer to your local authority website for fire safety guides.
√ Identify hazards in your home and fix them
Identify any areas within your home where guests might trip or fall and either remove the hazard or mark it clearly. Fix any exposed wires. Ensure stairs are safe and have railings. Remove or lock up any objects that may be dangerous to your guests.
√ Smoke alarms save lives
Having working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your accommodation can make a big difference, and can make a guest feel a lot safer.
√ Child-proofing your property
If your listing allows children, please ensure your property is suitable for children or make potential guests aware that they may need to carry some child-proofing items with them to use during their stay.
√ Meet regulations
Ensure that your property meets safety regulations. As a host, it is your responsibility to keep your listed property free and safe from health hazards. Inadequate heating, disrepair, and poor lighting are some examples of things that could land you in hot water with a guest if not addressed prior to a booking.
Try to implement as much of this advice as possible before a guest makes a booking and is on their way to your accommodation. This will ensure a pleasant and stress-free experience all round.
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