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Photo of a family in a short-term rental unit.

People in your community may not think about fire safety when they are on vacation. Remind them not to take a vacation from fire safety.

Whether you are staying in a hotel or a short-term rental, remember to review the fire safety plan. Know 2 ways out of every room and the building. Find the smoke alarms, sprinklers and carbon monoxide alarms. If you are in a hotel or motel, count the number of doors between your room and the stairs.

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The Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990 encourages fire safety in places that offer lodging to the public.

Use the Hotel-Motel National Master List to find hotels, motels and short-term rentals that have at least 1 hard-wired, single station smoke alarm in each guest room and an automatic fire sprinkler system in each guest room for buildings that are 4 or more stories tall.

Community Risk Reduction

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is undetectable to the human senses, so you may not know that you and your family are being exposed. Ensure your short-term rental has working carbon monoxide alarms on every level.

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National Fire Data Center

USFA announces effort to launch new fire information and analytics platform

The USFA is leading a national effort to develop and launch a new interoperable fire information and innovative analytics platform, known as the National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS).

Learn about NERIS


Guide to funding alternatives

Updated November 2023

This comprehensive resource tackles the challenges faced by EMS agencies and fire departments, providing vital information on funding sources, grants and alternative revenue options.

Download the Guide to funding alternatives PDF

Fire/EMS Training

Invest in yourself

The National Fire Academy has the courses to help you meet your professional development goals and reduce all-hazards risks in your community. The courses you take through the NFA can be considered for college credit. You can apply for a self-study course, course vacancy or the State/National Weekend Program at any time.

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