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Short-term vacation rental fire and life safety

As peer-to-peer and short-term rental services expand to include a range of property types, regulatory challenges create uncertainty over the level of safety those spaces should provide. The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department highly encourages anyone looking to stay at a peer-to-peer and/or short-term vacation rental to ask the following questions before you book a vacation rental.  Make sure your prospective host takes fire and life safety seriously!

  1. Does the property have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors?
  2. Is there a working fire extinguisher on the property?
  3. Does the property have an emergency safety card?
  4. Is there a first-aid kit in the property?
  5. Does the property meet local safety regulations?
  6. Is there a clearly marked fire escape plan posted in the rental?
  7. Does the swimming pool, spa or hot tub have an appropriate enclosure and/or barrier in place?

For more information on peer-to-peer and short-term vacation rental fire and life safety questions, please contact the Community Risk Reduction Division at 480-858-7230.

Read more about being safe in your vacation rental

Fire and life safety concerns in peer-to-peer lodging - US Fire Administration

The Airbnb Challenge - National Fire Protection Association Journal