As summer approaches and families begin to travel away from home, hotels and motels become our home away from home. It is just as important to be prepared and know what you would do in a hotel/motel emergency as it is in your own home. Please review the following safety tips to keep you and your family safe this travel season.
1. Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems. Unsure? Ask when you call to make the reservation.
2. When traveling pack a flashlight with you.
3. Upon checking in, ask the front desk what the fire alarms sound like.
4. Locate the fire alarms on your floor.
5. CREATE and REVIEW your ESCAPE PLAN: When you enter your room, review WITH YOUR FAMILY, the escape plan posted in your room. If it is not available contact the front desk immediately.
6. HAVE TWO WAYS OUT: Locate two emergency exits, count the number of doors between your room and these exits. Make sure these exits are unlocked. If they are locked, REPORT it to management right away.
7. Create your family MEETING PLACE away from the building in an easy and safe location to find.
8. Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
9. SHOULD the alarm sound, GET OUT and STAY OUT. Close all doors behind your. USE THE STAIRS, never use the elevators during a fire emergency.
IF YOU CAN’T ESCAPE:
► SHUT off fans and air conditioners.
► Stuff wet towels in the cracks around the doors.
► CALL 9-1-1 and let them know your location.
► WAIT at the window and signal with a flashlight or colored cloth.
More tips available at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/property-type-and-vehicles/hotels-and-motels/hotel-fire-safety-tips