Home exchanging is a private arrangement between members where no rental is charged and, as such, fire and safety regulations for landlords don’t apply; however, it is crucial to ensure that your home is as safe as possible for your home swap guests.
‘Every year the fire and rescue service is called to over 600,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries. About 50,000 (140 a day) of these are in the home and kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000, many which could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to get out in time. In fact you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does. Buying a smoke alarm could help save your home and the lives of you and your family.’ – Fire Service (UK)
‘Smoke alarms’, one of many excellent articles on the Fire Service website, provides detailed information on buying and fitting fire alarms. Please read it plus, for more detailed safety information, ‘Fire Safety in the Home’ – ‘Most fires in the home can be prevented, by taking some basic and common sense precautions. This section will help you to inspect your home for anything that could cause a fire.’
The information and services referred to are in the UK but you will find similar guidelines in all countries. Wherever you live, keep your family and your home swap guests safe from fire.