Hotel Fire Safety: The steps you need to take to make sure your stay is safe

Almost without exception, each of us has traveled away from our home and stayed in a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast establishment. Often we became "relaxed" while we were away when we failed to make us aware of the dangers that a fire presents especially in an unknown environment. Let's look at some of the things you should do to minimize your trips while you're away from home.

Even before you start a trip, firefighting experts strongly suggest you to find out if your hotel has a fire safety plan in place. Does the company have smoke detectors and a sprinkler system? In addition, you must pull and pack a personal survival kit that includes a flashlight, a portable smoke detector and a roll of wide duct tape. When traveling abroad, learn the word for "fire" in native language.

After checking in, ask about the hotel's evacuation plan, find out where the fire alarms are located, and see if there are smoke detectors and a sprinkler system in your room. If the company is inadequate in any of these areas, consider staying in another place.

When in your room, make sure they open and close properly (if not in the closed type). Identify at least two ways out of space, if available, and learn how to lock your door into the dark. Keep your room key and torch at your bed and remember where they are at any time.
If a fire starts in your room, immediately leave and bring your room key with you. Close the door and alarm the fire alarm. Go quickly for safety and do not use the elevator. When you are on the ground floor, leave the building immediately.

If a fire starts elsewhere in the building, take your key and a flashlight. Put the back of the hand to the door to see if it is hot and then check the hall for smoke. If smoke has been found, creep low along the floor and finish using the first staircase you see. Again, do not use the elevator.

If you touch the door of your room, you find it hot or if there is a large amount of smoke in the hallway, the fire is nearby and you will have to stay in your room. Call for help, fill the bath with water, and smash the bottom of the door with wet towels or throw blanket. Tape the edges on the door and possibly hang a sheet from a window to signal for help. If your windows are sealed, try to smash them with a chair or other dumb instrument. Finally, wait for the firefighters to come to you and never try to jump from your room window.

Do these preventive measures work extremely for you? They may work that way if you are not a frequent traveler. Many of the fire codes we take for granted in the US are much lower – at least not persistent – in some other countries. Take the necessary precautions for your trip to ensure that your stay at a company is safe.