Fire Safety When You Are On Vacation

Before checking into a motel, inn, hotel or resort, make sure that the establishment has fire safety mechanisms in place. The establishment should be equipped with fire detectors, smoke detectors and water sprinklers. If you do not know how they look like, make sure to check out some pictures online and check the ceiling of the establishment you are going to stay in. See how many there are in a room and assess if they are enough. If this is not possible because reservations are being done over the phone or online, simply ask about them and then check when you get there.

Be Aware of the Locations of the Fire Extinguishers, Fire Alarms and Fire Exits

English: KEY WEST, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2008) Richard...

English: KEY WEST, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2008) Richard Niles, a Naval Air Station Key West firefighter, teaches a boy how to properly use a fire extinguisher during an annual Fire Safety Fair at Sigsbee Park, Fla. “Preventing Home Fires” was the theme of the fair, and attendees learned simple ways to keep their homes and families safe from fire, such as using fewer extension cords and checking smoke detectors regularly. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rachel McMarr/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Each establishment, especially one that houses guests has a fire safety and evacuation plan. If the plan is not posted or available in your room, make sure to call the front desk and ask for a copy. Upon reading it, find out where the fire extinguishers, fire alarms and fire exits are located.

Fire spreads quickly and you will be wasting valuable time if you only try to figure out things once there is a fire already. It is your responsibility to know where the fire extinguishers, fire alarms and fire exits are so you know how to save yourself in case there is a fire. This is the first step in fire safety.

Always Bring a Flashlight

When there is a fire, all electric power is cut as a fire safety move. This prevents the fire from spreading.  If there is a fire in the middle of the night, you may need a flashlight to find your way through to get out of the establishment. It would also help to count the doors to the nearest fire exit so it is easier to locate in the dark.

Do Not Smoke in Bed

Many fires are caused by people who fall asleep while smoking in their beds. Beds are very flammable. If a live cigarette is dropped on a bed because its owner fell asleep, it might burn through the cloth and get into the fibers that easily burn. If a cigarette is dropped on the floor, it might burn the carpet. If you have to smoke, do it seated or standing. It is also good to just smoke outside. Nationwide room integrity testing can be done, click on the link to learn more about it.

In Case There Is A Fire…

If there is a fire in your room, you can get the fire extinguisher and use it. If you do not know how to use it, call the front desk if you have a chance. If not, get out, close the door, sound the alarm and inform any of the hotel staff at once. It will also help to knock on the doors of the other rooms beside you to inform any occupants about the situation.

If the fire is in another part of the establishment, get your key and lock your room. Your key is important in case you have to get back into your room because you are surrounded by fire. Always use the stairs. The elevator could stop on the floor with a fire or you may be trapped in the elevator if they cut off the power. If the floor seems nearby, touch your door before opening it. If it is hot, seal it with wet towels, sheets or curtains. If it is cool but there is smoke in the hallway, get down and crawl so you will not inhale the smoke and faint.

A vacation can turn into a disaster when a fire breaks out. Make sure you practice fire safety even when you are away from home.


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