July 14, 2015
Seven Ways to Airbnb Safely
Posted by: Duke
The Oscar H. Hanson House B&B recently listed a guest room on Airbnb. As a legitimate B&B, we know what it means for guests to travel safely and thought we’d share some of our tips with you.
- Look for inspected, licensed, and insured in the listing. Most legitimate B&Bs listing a room on Airbnb have been inspected by the local health department and their state organization. The inns are inspected for clean rooms, proper refrigeration, proper food preparation, and laundry practices. We are also inspected for properly working smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors. We have smoke detectors in each guest room and outside in the common hallway.
- Legitimate B&Bs are also inspected for pests.
- Check with the owner if your bedroom or house has a deadbolt. B&Bs are required to have deadbolts or some locking system on all guest rooms.
- Is there a passcode entry into the house or a key? If there is a key, who else has a key? Our inn uses a passcode entry on all doors. We change the passcode after each group of guests. This assures the next guest that previous guests do not have access to the house.
- Does the listing indicate smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, AND carbon monoxide detectors? All three should be present and in working order.
- We also have done a diagram of the inside of our inn on file at the fire department and max occupancy for each room. Each room also has that diagram to show the closest emergency exit.
- Question cleanliness and safety for owner’s offering you access to their kitchen. Legitimate B&Bs are governed by state regulations and are not allowed to have guests in the kitchen. We also cannot have blenders, hot plates, fondue pots, or cooking of any kind in the guest rooms. There are usually microwaves, toasters and refrigerators available for guest use.
For some, traveling is about the adventure, but it should be safe and without risk.