Fire Safety while Traveling
We are all thinking of getting back to our summer traveling, taking our families on that DREAM vacation. While we plan and prepare there is one area that most of us don’t think about – Fire Safety in our hotel rooms.
According to an article on Sandy Springs Volunteer Fire Department website, 3,900 hotel or motel fires occur each year. So, while we prepare for that summer trip we should take into account these tips to make sure we keep our families safe in our hotel/motel rooms:
- Choose a hotel/motel that has both fire sprinklers and smoke alarms.
- When checking in ask the front desk what the fire alarms sound like.
- When entering your room, review the fire evacuation plan located near the door.
- Take the time to find the two nearest exits and count the doors between your room and the exit. Make sure the exits are unlocked and if not, report this to management right away.
- Keep the room key by the bed and take it with you in the event of a fire.
- If an alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Always take the stairs, never take the elevator.
- If you must escape through smoke, get low and crawl under the smoke to the nearest exit.
These few tips can help you rest assured that your family is safe during your summer vacation.
Tips provided by U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Protection Association.