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3 common dangers to check for in your vacation rental

Your trip to Myrtle Beach should be a chance to enjoy the beautiful South Carolina coast with your loved ones. When you book a vacation rental for your stay, you trust the property manager to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.

The Myrtle Beach area has around 98,600 accommodation units for vacationers to choose from when planning their stay. While you can learn much about these properties when browsing online, there are some potential dangers that you might only notice when you do an initial sweep after checking in.

1. Lack of swimming pool safety measures

Myrtle Beach vacationers might be just a hop, skip and a jump away from the ocean, but your family might enjoy a relaxing afternoon in your vacation rental’s private pool just as well. Be sure to check for depth markers and faulty diving boards before allowing children into the pool. If the rental property does not provide safety and rescue equipment, consider requesting the appropriate gear or bringing your own.

2. Burn hazards

Stoves, heaters and other electrical appliances can cause burn injuries if property managers do not properly maintain them. You should carefully test and examine any appliances in your rental before making recreational use of them.

3. Dangerous stairs

Stairwells are one area of a home that is likely to have poor lighting. In addition, loose handrails and slippery paneling can also create dangerous situations when climbing or descending the steps. These factors all lend to a possible slip-and-fall incident.

In the event that you or a family member does sustain a personal injury in your vacation rental, the property manager is potentially liable. Pursuing a claim against the property may yield financial compensation for any pain or suffering incurred during your stay.