A Dwell Safe® Certified Rental Dwelling
BASIC SAFE CERTIFICATION SHIELD
DOES YOUR VACATION RENTAL FEATURE INFORMATION THAT IT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AS “BASIC SAFE” BY DWELL SAFE®?
If you see this shield in your rental dwelling and it shows a date of expiration later than now, then the Home Owner or Property Manager for the dwelling has submitted information to Dwell Safe® to show that it meets 8 criteria for being safe from life threatening opportunities. This doesn’t mean the dwelling is absolutely or perfectly safe. Conditions could have changed since the inspection that now make the property less than safe than the day it was inspected. Please contact us with the Certification Number from the shield to let us know if you have found a life saving issue at this rental dwelling. Items addressed to certify this property as “Basic Safe” include…
Bedroom Egress (windows and doors). Each bedroom should have two exit points, typically a door and a window. This comes from NFPA Life Safety Code 101, Section 24.2. In summary, one bedroom window need to be at least 5.7 ft square, be clear of obstructions (like an AC unit), and within 20 feet of the finished ground level to not require an escape ladder. Basement bedrooms must have window wells to allow for escape.
Gas (Propane/Natural Gas) Plumbing. If the rental dwelling uses propane or natural gas for cooking, they have been checked for leaks.
Fire Extinguishers. These must be mounted to the wall in a clear location, not hidden under a sink, in a closet or beside a stove on the counter.
Smoke Detectors. Smoke detectors must be working, less than 10 years old, tested, and vacuumed out of dust.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors. Even if you don’t see an appliance in the rental dwelling that produces CO, there should be one by each bedroom. Some are part of the smoke detector. CO Detectors should be working, less than 7 years old, tested and vacuumed out of dust.
Emergency Safety Card (safety information for the rental dwelling). Most likely you’ll find this information on the refrigerator in the kitchen, but it could be in another prominent location. It will give you information including the legal address of the rental dwelling, contact information in an emergency, and information on where items like the first aid kit, fire extinguisher or circuit breakers are located.
Spa / Hot Tub (if the rental dwelling has one). This amenity must have a cover and straps or a lock that prevents a child from easily accessing it. Additionally, spas and hot tubs should not be placed up against a deck railing or into a position where a person standing on a bench seat could flip over the edge of the deck.
Swimming Pool (if the rental dwelling has one). The pool needs to meet the Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools.
DOES YOUR VACATION RENTAL FEATURE INFORMATION THAT IT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AS “FAMILY SAFE” BY DWELL SAFE®?
If you see this shield in your rental dwelling and it shows a date of expiration later than now, then the Home Owner or Property Manager for the dwelling has submitted information to Dwell Safe® to show that it not only meets 8 criteria for being Basic Safe (being safe from life threatening opportunities shown above), but it also meets 33 other safety criteria to prevent individuals occupying the rental dwelling from injury. This doesn’t mean the dwelling is absolutely or perfectly safe. Conditions could have changed since the inspection that now make the property less than safe than the day it was inspected. Please contact us with the Certification Number from the shield to let us know if you have found a life saving or potential injury causing issue at this rental dwelling. Items addressed to certify this property as “Family Safe” include all the Basic Safe items above and these items…
Exterior Lighting that allows good visibility to access the dwelling.
Trees on the property have been checked for hazardous issues.
Driveway and walkways are check for hazards.
Waterfront properties are checked for issues around the dock, swimming areas.
Porch swings, hammocks, and hanging chairs inspected.
Exterior amenities such as bikes, kayaks, and other watercraft inspected.
All decks, exterior stairs, and handrails inspected to meet national building code standards.
Exterior outlets inspected.
Exterior deck and lawn chairs inspected.
Outdoor grills and fire pits inspected for safety and placement.
Other exterior hazards checked for, such as clutter under a deck, loos gutter downspouts, or horseshoe stakes.
Electrical Circuit Panel checked for issues.
Residential elevators inspected.
Light switches checked.
Wall outlets checked.
Extension cords checked for placement and type.
Electrical appliances checked for safety.
Sink and bath fixtures checked for GFCI placement and operation.
Dwelling checked for mold or mildew.
Flooring and walking areas checked for safety to prevent trips and falls.
Interior stairs and loft ladders checked.
First aid kit provided complete.
Refrigerator coils and dryer vents cleaned and inspected annually.
Domestic water temperature checked. Kitchen knives checked to be sharpened.
Non-Common areas that renters have access to such as basements or the attic checked for safety.
Flashlights and batteries provided in appropriate locations.
Information about pets permitted in the rental or nearby posted.
Exterior garages, sheds, or other outbuildings that renters have access to checked for safety.
Swings, outdoor toys or items children may climb on checked for safety.
Check to make sure poisons and pesticides or rodent bait is out of reach of children.
Ensure all chemicals, cleaning products and other items children shouldn’t access are secure.
Ensure there are no matches or candles in the rental dwelling.
Please note – there is no mention of providing child use items such as cribs, highchairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Dwell Safe does not recommend dwelling owners supply these items and further encourages dwelling managers and owners to remove any of these items from the dwelling. Allow local vacation rental baby gear companies to supply these items so that they are more routinely inspected
FAMILY SAFE CERTIFICATION SHIELD