The prevalence of fire and CO safety amenities in Airbnb venues that permit smoking – Findings from 17 countries

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Abstract

Airbnb hosts rent their homes to guests as an alternative to traditional hospitality settings. Airbnb venues are not uniformly regulated for allowing smoking or requiring fire-safety amenities. This study quantified the reported prevalence of fire-safety amenities in 413,339 Airbnb venues that allow smoking in 43 cities in 17 countries. Proportions of host-reported smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and those that allow smoking were calculated. Across the entire sample 9.3% (n = 38,525) allowed smoking. An overall evaluation of those venues shows that 46% (n = 17,569) had smoke detectors compared to 64% of the 374,814 venues that do not allow smoking, a statistically significant difference (X2 = 5277 p < 0.01). A similar difference is found between venues that allow smoking and had CO alarms (19%, n = 7176) and the 33% of venues that prohibit smoking (X2 = 3442, p < 0.01). Among this sample, most Airbnb venues that allow smoking are less likely to have safety amenities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume123
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Fires
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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