1 million guests on our peak night
Living and Dying on Airbnb
Zak Stone

Around a million guests per night, and only a couple of people have ever died (that we know of, anyway)? Accidents can happen anywhere, and no amount of safety initiatives can prevent them.

My question is, how many healthy adults die in their own homes in an average year? Or in a hotel somewhere by, say, falling down a stairway?

There’s no way to know from the data given here, but it might well be that staying with Airbnb is, on average, actually safer than, say, staying home or, for that matter, than the travel required to get to any given Airbnb rental.

Why do people so often treat safety as if it’s the only consideration? We don’t require a father to get his rope swing safety-tested before letting his kids play on it. Why not consider that the decision to swing on a rope tied to a tree branch involves some inherent risk, and give people the freedom to take risks without seeking to blame someone else whenever anything goes wrong? Why not just accept that sometimes accidents happen and the proper response is simply to grieve, forgive, and move on, not to mount a thousand campaigns to prevent every particular variety of accident from possibly happening?

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