If the guests at a seven-star hotel or a seven-dollar hostel there are certain things that travelers should consider when they stay overnight. Here are our top 5 tips to stay safe in a hotel environment.
first Room for improvement: If you have the option to book a room or choose where to stay in a hotel, think about a couple of things.
- Which floor to wear – the general consensus is between the 2nd floor and the 6th floor. This way people can not easily access your room windows, but firefighters can reach their ladders.
- The risk of the area – Are you in a hostile environment? If there is a risk of IED, car bombs or suicide bombers are thinking of getting a room behind the hotel or the opposite of where cars can drive up to the entrance. Perhaps even away from the general lobby area.
If you are not satisfied with the location of your room, ask to move to another.
2nd Four first :
This is a saying we use to remind travelers that as soon as you arrive at your hotel spend a few minutes asking yourself what if there was a fire or other emergency?
As soon as you get into your room, put your bags on the bed and go out of the room. Look for your nearest fire exit and near fire extinguisher, picture reaches these in the dark and count either steps or number of doors between your room and these points. You may need to find these in the dark, or when there is smoke that blinds you. Do not stop there, check the fire extinguisher and make sure it's actually a viable option. So when you're happy go back to your room.
3rd Four Seconds:
There was a tragic story of a whole family to die of a little fire in their homes. They slept with each door open and all the poisonous fumes traveled freely through each bedroom and killed the residents as they slept. When the firefighters arrived, they only found the dog alive when he was sealed in a small brewer's room. The door had protected the dog from fire and smoke. This story reinforces the fact that a room can protect the inmates from smoke and heat in a timely manner if done properly.
Fire else is a proverb as we teach our students. Once you have identified fire extensions and returned to your room, ask yourself again if there was a fire? If there is no escape from the exits, this room becomes your citadel, your secure room.
- Look at the window, does it open which floor are you on? Can you jump? If not, open it to give you fresh air.
- How does the door open and unlock. Is there a key? If so, always leave it in the same place.
- Is there a bath – in an emergency you can fill it with water and use it to turn off the door and the walls.
- If there is fire and you can not escape so wet towels and block any holes around the door.
If you travel to less developed countries or regions, consider taking portable fire and carbon monoxide alarms. Both are cheap, small and easy to use and worth the small amount of space they pick up.
4th Double door
Your hotel room door is your best barrier to external risk. When in your room, be sure to use all of the included locks. Do not open the door unless you are 100% sure what you open it for. If there is a peephole, use it.
There are a few good things on the market that can provide another layer of door security, think about taking these as they are small and cheap.
- Door Lock
- Door Lock
When leaving the room, use the keypad, make sure that there is no outside. When you get back to the room, do not assume it's for sure. The majority of hotel locks can be defeated quite easily, many people have access to the keys and it would be a mistake to assume that no one could have gotten in. Beware, take a quick look around and then relax after you have checked and the door is locked behind you.
Hamas leader Al-Mabhouh, who was killed by Mossad in a hotel in Dubai, made the mistake of assuming that his hotel room was safe. Mossad used either a very simple and easily available machine to decode the electronic door or the tested and tested wire and wire technology that can open many doors that have the smallest holes between the door and the floor.
Not only the intelligence agencies who know these tricks, many criminals and attackers have the means and motivation to go to these lengths.
5th Complacency is a dirty word :
- If you hear an alarm, you will not ignore it. React quickly and use your predetermined exit. We do not panic and run into your underwear screaming, but just make sure you react. Dress up, take the shoes on you, keep calm, prepare to leave the hotel and take your room key if there is fire and there is no escape, you may need to get back to your room and close the door behind you. Try and avoid using the hotel pattern point or emergency assembly point. Sometimes enemies will use an alarm to gather people in a place before they attack or perform a secondary attack.
- If you wake up in the middle of the night for no reason, make sure there's actually no reason to take a few seconds to listen, see and feel if something's wrong. If nothing goes to bed again …
- If you see smoke or fire when you are in a hotel, do not assume someone else has reported it. Start a fire alarm or call the hotel. Especially when you are in your room, call the emergency services, do not assume that the hotel will call them. Hotels are not willing to call emergency services before they themselves have checked into the incident of fear of creating a fake alarm. This can cause a considerable delay. There have been many horror stories about deaths and injuries caused by these delays. Take control of the situation yourself.
- Do not assume that because you are in a hotel, you are sure. If you're in an elevator and someone else comes in, you're in a position to wait for him or her to push a floor before you do. Make sure no one is following you to your room.
Most importantly, as with all our advice, do not develop irrational fear, do not think everyone is out to get you. Instead, just raise your awareness, listen to your sixth sense and take the time to prepare for certain scenarios. Time spent for preparation and planning is never wasted, it can also mean the difference between life and death.