Airbnb has collaborated with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) to provide more than 100,000 UK hosts with a guide on fire safety.
The two-page guide features steps hosts can take to make their home ‘safer’ for guests. Airbnb claims the new collaboration builds on its work with the former Chief Fire Officers Association and brings its guidance in line with current industry standards.
However, it is worth noting that the guide is still not a guarantee that hosts will follow fire safety advice in their own homes, although Airbnb says it ‘regularly’ gives away free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to eligible hosts.
Figures from the Home Office show fire-related incidents are rising, with a four per cent increase in fires attended by emergency services in England last year.
Natasha Mytton Mills, public policy manager at Airbnb UK, said: “At Airbnb, we’re committed to supporting safe hosting and are please to have teamed up with the UK’s leading experts to develop guidance for our community and lead our industry on this important issue. Whether it’s taking a minute to test your smoke alarms regularly, or having an escape plan for guests handy, we’re encouraging all of our hosts to follow a few simple steps to make their home even safer.”
The guide is available to view here.