Hotel Safety

You could easily create a different set of hotel safety tips based on the following:

  • traveling alone,
  • traveling with children,
  • traveling with a companion,
  • or, traveling with a group of people.

And, you could easily have many variables within each, making for a very long list.

Hotel is defined as a commercial establishment providing lodging and, usually, meals and other services for the public, especially for travelers.

Also, the word hotel refers to a different type of building structure from that of, say, a motel or inn. And of course, there are many, many different sizes and shapes of hotels.

However, there are two common factors on which we can focus and that will start the process of providing us with some safety precautions to consider.

The following are perhaps of greatest concern when it comes to hotel safety tips.

  1. The first concern is the possibility of an engulfing fire (and smoke), especially in high-rise type hotels.

  2. The second concern is security.

Safety from Fire and Smoke

Consider requesting a room below the sixth floor when making a hotel reservation. The reason is that the extension ladders of fire department ladder truck companies usually will not extend above the fifth floor.

Naturally you will want to check to see that there are no obstructions between your window and the ground.

Due to the fact that you cannot use elevators in the event of a fire, consider requesting a room very near a fire door exit. This is especially true the higher the floor on which your room is located.

A near-by exit door is also beneficial in situations of heavy smoke. More often it is the smoke that will incapacitate (disable you) and prevent you from escaping.

In heavy smoke, the time it takes to crawl from your room to the exit door is extremely important.

By-the-way, always crawl in heavy (choking) smoke because the nearer you are to the floor the fresher the air.

Security Safety

Proximity (closeness) of exit doors is great in the event of fire or smoke.

But, an exit door that does not have an alarm may also serve as a quiet and quick escape exit for someone who robs or causes injury.

Therefore, whenever you approach an exit door you should increase your awareness that someone may lurk (hide) there.

Concerns about duplicate keys are no longer an issue now that major hotels use keyless entry systems for their guest rooms.

The keyless entry code for your room is not assign until registration. After you check-out of the hotel the entry code is invalidated and will not continue to work.

Never-the-less, a good hotel safety tip is to always use the door security chain or mechanism while in your room, especially at night when you are sleeping.

Do not keep valuable items in your room. Ask the hotel manager about security measures for your valuables.

Hygiene Safety

One final hotel safety tip to keep in mind is about hygiene.

It is likely that you will know nothing about the previous occupants.

Do not assume the hotel cleaning crew uses a sanitizer. Take your own sanitizer for hands and surfaces.

Bed spread and perhaps blankets (especially the extra blankets) are not changed as often as sheets. They are used from occupant to occupant.

Stay healthy by keeping hygiene in mind.


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Hotel Safety

Traveling with Batteries

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