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Airbnb has partnered with the American Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent to provide our community with general safety resources. These resources, applicable in 191 countries, were developed by the Red Cross Red Crescent’s Global Disaster Preparedness Center, which is an international reference center created to build a global community for disaster preparedness innovation and learning. In an emergency situation, contact local police or emergency services immediately.
Everybody wants to be safe, however unexpected accidents may occur and we want you to be prepared. This article offers some basic first aid tips prepared by the Red Cross that can help increase safety awareness. These tips are a great start, but we also strongly recommend that you to sign up for a first aid and CPR training course near you.
Fire prevention and safety actions can provide protection from emergencies due to wildfires or home fires. If you booked any experiences that have outdoor or indoor activities, here are some recommendations to mitigate risks by identifying and removing fire hazards.
Safety considerations before your experience begins
Before your experience begins, consider bringing or accessing some of these items to help you avoid or respond in case of fire:
Safety precautions for indoor and outdoor experiences
Whether your experience will take place inside for cooking, painting or handicraft classes, or outdoors for hiking, camping, bonfires, or celebrations including fireworks, the risk of fires are possible so it’s good to take precautions.
Here are some recommendations that will guide you in safely participating in an activity:
- If the activity takes place inside, check the location of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- If you are using flammable products, locate the nearest fire extinguisher in case of any fire hazard.
- Follow the fire safety actions shared by the host of the activity, especially the escape plan in case of an emergency. Studies show that people have only two minutes to escape a fire.
- Be mindful of usage restrictions of flammable and non-flammable products in outdoor locations such as natural parks or public areas. In many places it is forbidden to use matches or stoves with charcoal. Use flashlights, electric stoves, or gas lamp instead.
- Ask for designated places to smoke and be sure to fully extinguish cigarettes.
Tips for avoiding fire hazards
There are some simple recommendations to follow during your activity to avoid fire hazards. These simple actions will help you, your fellow guests, and your host safely enjoy your activity:
- Keep flammable items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters, candles, lighters, paint solvent or others.
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace, or any partially enclosed area.
- Use designated areas to smoke or light a bonfire.
- Don’t leave candles unattended.
- Make sure children know not to play with lighters and matches and keep them out of their reach.
- Don’t light fireworks in forbidden areas or inside.
- After a bonfire, add water, sand or rocks to extinguish it. Check if the flames are completely out before departing.
Tips for kitchen safety
The kitchen is the room where fires happen most often. Here are some suggestions to follow:
- Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire—like pot holders, towels, plastic, and clothing—away from the stove.
- Keep pets off of cooking surfaces and countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.
- Small grease fires can occur while cooking. Consider keeping a lid or cover near the stove to extinguish small fires.Always leave the fire covered until the heat has fully dispersed from the cooking vessel.
Tips for how to respond in case of fire
Fires spread in a fast and dangerous way. Here are some instructions and tips on how to respond. Also, you can find more info in the Red Cross Red Crescent First Aid app.
- STOP, DROP and ROLL if a fire catches the clothing you are using.
- If the place (indoor or outdoor) is on fire, leave immediately and call the fire department and the local emergency number.
- If you are inside, do not open a door if it feels warm with the back of your hand. Warm temperatures suggest that there is a fire on the other side. Use a secondary exit instead.
- If you can’t exit, open a window and wave something white to a signal for help, such as a pillowcase or piece of clothing.
- Stay low to the ground and crawl to avoid breathing in smoke.
- If a minor burn happens, cool the burn under clean, cool running water for at least 10 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap or a clean plastic bag.
- Use the fire escape plan provided in the Safety Card and immediately contact the local emergency number or the closest fire station.
- Don’t go back into the area until after the fire department recommends because it might still be risky.
We recommend that all guests and hosts engaging in an experience prepare an emergency plan in case of a natural disaster or any other kind of emergency that could occur during an experience. Find out more about making an emergency plan
Airbnb provided trip protections
All Experiences include 24/7 community support. Airbnb also maintains $1,000,000 USD of liability insurance under our Experience Protection Insurance program, in order to provide hosts and guests with peace of mind (certain exclusions apply). Additionally, in the event of a life-threatening injury, we also have partnered with an emergency medevac provider that may be activated to reach an injured party to support a medically necessary evacuation.
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