When your guests are not careful, accidents can happen. Equipping your property with fire alarms keeps travelers aware of any potential safety issues. Read more to find the information you need to keep your rental and your guests safe.
Make sure you stay up to date with the fire safety laws and requirements in your area. Your local Red Cross guide is a good place to start.
Here’s an easy checklist of safety and security features from the American Red Cross to help keep your property safe from fire:
Installation of fire alarms
Make sure to install the correct number of devices, following the Red Cross guidelines:
Install fire alarms outside each sleeping area and/or in bedrooms.
The alarms must be linked together so that if one sounds, they all have to sound.
Consider installing strobe alarms for people with hearing impairments.
Check alarms once a month.
Replace the battery at least once a year.
Supply of fire extinguishers
Install fire extinguishers on high walls, near emergency exits, away from heat sources and out of reach of children.
Make sure they are properly charged and ready to use. (Consider that many models of fire extinguishers are designed for single use and are not rechargeable.)
Set an exit and provide an emergency phone number
If you have a large mansion, it is best to point out emergency exits to your guests.
All types of property can benefit from listing emergency numbers, so include them in your guidebook or hang them on the refrigerator and in the bedroom.