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What can I do to make my property safe for tenants?

Emergency Procedures

Contact Info
Indicate local emergency numbers and the nearest hospital. Provide a clear emergency contact number for yourself, as well as backup, for easy guest reference. Also make clear how you should be contacted if the guest has questions or issues arise.

Supplies
Make a first aid kit easily available.

Fire Prevention
Ensure you have a functioning smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector, and that your property meets government safety guidelines for your area (e.g., International Building Code). Ensure you provide a functioning fire extinguisher and complete required maintenance.

Exits
Ensure you have a clearly marked fire escape route, and post a map in your home.


Minimize Hazards

Privacy
Always be mindful of your tenants' privacy. Fully disclose whether there are security cameras or other surveillance equipment at or around your listing. Make sure you are aware of and comply with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Access
Go through your home to identify any areas where tenants might trip or fall and either remove the hazard or mark clearly. Fix any exposed wires. Ensure stairs are safe and have railings. Remove or lock up any objects that may be dangerous to your tenants.

Child-Proofing
Ensure your home is safe for children, or else notify guests of potential hazards.

Climate
Ensure your home is properly ventilated and that temperature control is clearly marked and functional. Ensure guests are clear about how to safely use the heater.
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