Staying in hotels has become a regular part of our lives, therefore it is important to make sure that we know and follow the rules of hotel safety.
Maximize fire safety and security by selecting a room located between the 4 and 6th floor Avoid rooms above the sixth floor–the maximum height that fire-department ladders can reach
When possible do not except a hotel on the ground floor that has doors and windows that open to the outside.
For security in motels, avoid ground floor rooms off the parking lot. If you can’t get a room on a higher level, take one facing the inside courtyard.
Look for information in room about fire safety and read to become familiar with nearest fire exit / stairway and locate nearest fire exit.
When you enter your hotel room, make sure the door closes securely and that the deadbolt works. Keep the deadbolt and safety bar on at all time.
Select a hotel with modern electronic guest room locks, as these locks automatically change the lock combination with every new guest so there is little chance of a duplicate key to your room.
There should be fire sprinklers in hotel rooms, hallways, and meeting rooms likewise for smoke detectors.
Each room telephone should allow outside dialing.
Guest phones located in hallways and lobbies should not allow direct room dialing, so anyone using the phone should have to call the operator and request a room by guest name, not room number.
There should be secure locks on windows and adjoining doors.
The hotel should have well-lit interior hallways, parking structures and grounds.
The parking garage should not have elevators taking passengers to guest floors. It should only go to the lobby.
Don’t answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who it is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from their staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.
Keep your room key with you at all times and don’t needlessly display it in public. Should you misplace it, please notify the front desk immediately
Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.
Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked
Dont invite strangers to your room – ever.
Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.
Place all valuables in the hotel or motel’s safe deposit box, always.
When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, be aware of your surroundings, never be alone, stay in well-lighted areas, and use the main entrance.
Take a few moments and locate the nearest exit that may be used in the event of an emergency.
If you see any suspicious activity, notify the hotel operator or a staff member. Remember it is always “better to safe than sorry”