Smoke Alarms fitted in ALL AirBnb properties.
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I recently stayed in a lovely Airbnb accommodation in Prague with my close friends. The apartment was everything Airbnb advertises: clean, all amenities included and central. However, I noticed a lack of one very important necessity: smoke alarms.
Whilst I have no idea how many Airbnb accommodations are without smoke alarms I felt the need to begin this petition. Why? Because when I informed Airbnb of my concern they said: "While we encourage hosts to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their space, at this time, we don't require confirmation that they've been installed". This therefore means the hosts do not have to install these. I can't quite believe this after the tragic events that unfolded at Grenfell Tower in London.
Smoke Alarms FACTs:
You’re at least 7 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there are no working smoke alarms. (https://firekills.campaign.gov.uk/
Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in U.S. home fires. (http://robotronics.com/blog/fast-facts-about-smoke-alarms-and-fire/
Smoke alarms are self-contained devices that incorporate a means of detecting a fire (smoke detector) and giving a warning (alarm), usually a very loud beeping sound. They are about the size of a hand and are normally fitted to the ceiling. They can detect fires in their early stages and give you those precious minutes to enable you and your family to leave your house in safety. (http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/smoke-alarms/
I therefore propose a petition to urge the company Airbnb to make it a necessity for all hosts to have at least one smoke alarm installed into all accommodations offered through their name. It is only a matter of time before something happens in an accommodation without it and so I urge people to sign this petition to raise awareness and hopefully change Airbnb's smoke alarm policy!
Below I have copied and pasted the response from Airbnb.
"Through awareness and a few simple tools, we help hosts make their homes safer and put guests more at ease.
Emergency safety cards
If a guest encounters an urgent or emergency situation, it's important they know who to call, what, and where to go. To help make this information clear and easy to display, all hosts will see the option to fill out a safety card online in the Home Safety tab of each listing.
This card includes important information that hosts can provide guests, like emergency phone numbers, locations of fire extinguishers and fire alarms, and emergency exit routes. After you fill out the card online, guests will be able to see it after they book a reservation at your listing. You’ll also be able to easily print the card and display it in your space.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
We’re encouraging all Airbnb hosts to install working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. To help achieve this goal, the first 36,000 eligible hosts who request a detector through December 31, 2017 will get one for free. Terms, Conditions and Restrictions apply. Please check your local laws for any applicable requirements for where to put the detector(s) in your space.
While we encourage hosts to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their space, at this time, we don't require confirmation that they've been installed. If you don't indicate you have these devices by selecting the “smoke detector” and/or “carbon monoxide detector” amenities in your listing description, guests will see those amenities crossed-out when they view your listing.
For more information, visit our Home Safety page: airbnb.com/home-safety"
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