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Posted on: June 14, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Hotel and Motel Safety


--On average, one of every tweleve hotels or motels reported a structure fire each year.

--The majority of hotel fire deaths result from fires that started in the bedroom.

--Cooking equipment is the leading cause of hotel/motel fires.


--Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system.

--When you check in, ask the front desk what the fire alarm sounds like.

--Take the time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit. Make sure the exits are unlocked. If they are locked, report it to management right away.

--Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.

--If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs--never use elevators during the fire.

--If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.


--SHUT off fans and air conditioners.

--STUFF wet towels in the crack around the doors.

--CALL the fire department and let them know your location.

--WAIT at the window and signal with a flashlight or light colored cloth.

All information has been referenced fromt the NFPA Public Education Division. To view thier site go to or click above on Department, then Fire Department, then Useful Links, and the National Fire Protection Agency.

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