With travel still growing – despite the rise in COVID-19 infections from the Delta variant – Airbnb and Vrbo rentals are booked frequently.
In response, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted a letter to hosts registered with companies such as Airbnb, Vrbo, and Tripadvisor warning about elevators at home after that Death of a seven year old trapped in an elevator in a vacation rental in North Carolina.
Robert Adler, the acting chairman of the CPSC, wrote that while the agency will work with elevator manufacturers to ensure product safety, landlords can help protect tenants from fatal injuries and accidents.
“Residential lifts pose a hidden and deadly danger” the letter reads. “You are in a unique position to have direct contact information for owners and tenants of Vacation homes. I urge you to take the following steps to protect consumers who – already now – are starting to enjoy their summer vacation homes unaware of this extreme danger. “
Some of these safeguards include professional inspections under the Elevator and Escalator Security Code. Notifying tenants of the potential danger and even asking hosts to lock the access doors to the elevators at home.
These mitigation methods are listed as “relatively inexpensive” but do not indicate whether the hosting company or the individual host would pay for inspections and other preventive measures.
The letter suggested that inspections might be required before a home is listed for rent if there is an elevator on the property.