At Airbnb, safety is one of the most important things we work on every day. We aim to help our hosts provide a safe environment for their guests, and to help guests travel safely, especially those with young children. To that end, we are excited to team up with Safe Kids Worldwide to celebrate and promote Safe Kids Day.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries to children. The organization works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the United States and works with organizations in 25 countries around the world to reduce injuries from motor vehicles, sports, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more.
Exploring the unknown is one of the most rewarding parts of experiencing a new city, town, or landscape with your family. But before you set out on your next Airbnb adventure, it’s important to make sure you have some basic safety precautions checked off. The Safe Kids My High 5 program makes it easy for you to pick the safety actions that make the most sense for you and your family.
The High 5 for hosts on Airbnb:
- Make sure you have both a working smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home, and in all sleeping areas. Test the alarms to make sure they work. To help ensure every home has a detector, Airbnb is giving away 25,000 detectors at no cost to eligible hosts on a first come, first serve basis during 2016.
- Set your water heater at no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid scalds.
- Store all household cleaning products, liquid laundry packets and chemicals in their original container and store up and away, out of children’s reach and sight.
- Mount flat panel TVs to the wall. Be sure to place heavier, box-style TVs on low, stable pieces of furniture.
- To easily convey safety instructions to your guests, be sure to download and fill out one of the Airbnb custom safety cards, located in the Home Safety tab of the Manage Listing section of your dashboard.
The High 5 for guests on Airbnb
- Communicate with your host about what precautions to take when traveling to their listing with children.
- Check that the playgrounds where your children play when travelling have shock-absorbing surfaces. Rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch are the safest options. Also look for hazards, such as rusted or broken equipment.
- No matter where your travels lead you, teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.
- Keep cords and strings, including those attached to window blinds, out of your child’s reach.
- Learn CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. It may help you save a child’s life in an emergency.
Another resource on the Airbnb site is this help center article, which sums up the resources available as you plan your trip.
We’re excited to be teaming up with Safe Kids Worldwide to help make travel safer for all our guests, especially the youngest ones, the world over. Join us in recognizing Safe Kids Day on April 24th and, above all, travel safe, everyone!