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Safer Stays in 2024: 10 Essential Safety Checks for Your Vacation Rental

As 2024 begins, do a quick check on some of the basic items in your vacation rental.

Here are some key points to check:

  1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure they're functional and batteries are fresh.  
  2. Fire Extinguishers: Accessible and up-to-date fire extinguishers in key areas.  **Buried deep in a kitchen cabinet doesn't count!
  3. First Aid Kit: Stocked with essentials and easily accessible.
  4. Emergency Exits: Clearly marked and unobstructed.  Here is some additional information on egress requirements in NH.
  5. Security Features: Check locks on doors and windows.  Also, make sure exterior lighting is working.
  6. Safe Electrical Wiring: Inspect for exposed wires or overloaded sockets.
  7. Child Safety: If applicable, provide safety gates, outlet covers, and secure furniture.
  8. Pool/Area Safety: If there's a pool, ensure it has proper fencing and safety equipment.
  9. Local Emergency Information: Provide guests with local emergency contacts and hospital locations.  Make sure the home address is also listed in the property & clearly visible on the exterior.
  10. Maintenance Check: Regularly inspect for any hazards like loose railings or slippery surfaces.

Here are a couple pictures of the Life Safety Self Inspection Checklist from the town of Conway.

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