A survey of 120,000-plus Airbnb hosts in in 16 US cities found most properties had “safety deficiencies” including the lack of fire extinguishers (58% of properties without), first-aid kits (64%), carbon-monoxide detectors (44%) and smoke detectors (20%).

It noted properties that did comply with fire regulations were “substantially lower than the universal requirement for hotels”, and as the information was self-reported by hosts, there was no assurance that fire-safety features are in working order. It also reported a higher instance of safety features in cities where hosts are required by law to register rental properties.

Airbnb claim that they advise all hosts to supply working fire safety equipment, offer training to hosts and supply free CO2 detectors where required.

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