Vacation is a time for exploration, rest, relaxation and fun. Every year, millions of Americans rent residential vacation spaces through online lodging services like Airbnb, HomeToGo, VRBO, and Tripping instead of booking commercial hotels or motels. Customers have the option to rent private or shared spaces and can also book a property for multiple people to share. While renting a home in this way has numerous benefits, like offering an inexpensive living space with lots of character and comfort, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding vacation goers that it is still important to make safety a priority.
The CPSC estimates that there were 362,000 unintentional residential fires, which resulted in approximately 2,370 deaths and 10,390 injuries, every year from 2016 to 2018. Some of these fires occurred in residential vacation units while guests were renting them out. The CPSC has the following tips for keeping your vacation free from fire-related hazards:
Lots of vacation homes have pools and/or spas. In children between the ages of 1 and 4-years-old, drowning is the leading cause of death. On average, there are around 389 fatal pool and spa-related drownings involving children and teens under the age of 15 each year. Last year, 6,800 kids and teens sustained nonfatal pool and spa-related injuries that required emergency medical care.
Here are some tips for having fun and staying safe when you and your loved ones are poolside:
Some properties come equipped with residential elevators. According to the CPSC, homes with residential elevators can pose a danger to small children if the gap between the elevator door and the access door inside the home is greater than four inches deep. Because of the gap, small children can become entrapped between the elevator and access doors. When this happens, children can sustain major bodily injuries including skull and vertebrae fractures, traumatic asphyxia and crushing injuries. Over the last few decades, residential elevators have been linked to thousands of injuries. To reduce residential elevator-related hazards, the CPSC recommends asking the property owner or manager to lock all access doors to the elevator so that children cannot enter and to prohibit children from playing on or around elevators.
Simply by taking a few extra steps and precautions, you can increase the chances of you, your friends and loved ones having a good and safe vacation. If you would like to read more of the CPSC’s tips for how to make your home away from home a relaxing and secure space, please visit this resource page.
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