Vacation denotes many things to many people. For some it is a time of frenzied activity composed of seizing each and every moment of time and for others it’s fabric becomes one of ease and rest providing an opportunity to be fully present in one’s life path absent the usual demands of job requirements and associated deadlines. For all, just the very idea of vacation takes the shape of a halcyon moment in memory. Sometimes, the actuality can be a bit different.
While we may endlessly research the destination, the things available to do certain things once we arrive there and even the accommodation we choose- it is not all that uncommon to concentrate completely on aesthetics on both of these fronts.
For the purposes of this blog, I’ll concentrate on accommodation offerings you may think reasonable to expect but may be catastrophically absent. In “legal, licensed lodging land”- there are regulations in place providing for nearly every aspect of guest safety that is realistically possible.
Fire and the devastating consequences of that is something no one wants to think about, most especially on vacation. In legal, licensed accommodations, the public safety is looked after by rules and regulations requiring 2 means of egress per room, fire alarms, smoke detectors etc. Even something as basic as a fire extinguisher can save the day in an unexpected emergency. Each legitimate lodging property is thoroughly inspected to make sure they are present, functional and that they stay that way.
Recently, in the state of N.C., where we own our bed and breakfast, there were incidents resulting in deaths by carbon monoxide. Our state legislation responded in record time with requirements enacted requiring all licensed, legal properties to provide carbon monoxide detectors necessary to insure that visitors to the state of North Carolina are protected against this in the future. On site inspections were made to insure that properties complied.
Another off shoot of protection for visitors is food protection. Any legal, licensed property providing or serving food in the state of N.C. is overseen by the Public Health Department’s inspectors conducting site visits to ensure that food is carefully, safely prepared and stored and does place the public health at risk for improper techniques. The costs of these visits are the responsibility of the the hotel or bed and breakfast housing guests legally.
Sometimes, unfortunate things happen and it is no one’s fault. A severe fall at a property could result in guest injury and associated medical expense. Legal, licensed lodging properties in the state of N.C. protect visitors by requiring that those who house them operate in a safety conscious manner. Bannisters near stairs to assist in climbing, floors intact to guard against falls and should the unthinkable happen, they are required to pay for insurance to cover these incidents.
Doing things by the book, doing them right is a responsibility. Rules and regulations are generally in place for a reason. It’s time that these safeguards are observed by everyone offering lodging and not just by those of us that did not cloak what is clearly a business enterprise under the guise of “a sharing economy.” That always seemed an inept name to me anyway. Sharing kind of implies that this arrangement is not transactional-a kindness offered in the absence of any return expectations. Try staying at an Airbnb and just asking them if they’d like to “share” this home, apartment or room with you on a complimentary basis just so you can experience how they live locally and visit their neighborhood. Get back to me on how that goes would you?