Hotel Safety

Many of the lives lost away from home, especially in hotel fires, could have been prevented. However, since the fires at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and Stouffer’s Inn in Westchester, New York, hotels have improved fire systems to provide a greater level of safety to their guests. In fact it is unlikely that you will ever be involved in a hotel fire emergency. However if you plan to stay in a hotel, please take a moment to read this and share the information with your family and friends.

This basic information can help you make sound judgments in the event of a fire emergency. Please remember that you are more likely to die from smoke than from fire itself. Panic can make you act foolishly and lead you into danger.

Fire Safety
  • Keep your room key close to your bed and in the same place to eliminate looking for it.
  • Consider packing a flashlight.
  • Recognize the sound of the fire alarm. If you are awakened by a telephone call, siren, alarm, yelling, pounding on your door, act, do not write if off to pranks. Never go investigate. Leave the building immediately.
  • Know how to activate the alarm. Sound the alarm no matter how small the fire seems to be.
  • Stay out of the way and follow directions of all emergency personnel.
Planning Your Trip
  • Choose motels and hotels that are equipped with a sprinkler system and complete fire and smoke detection systems
  • Be sure all exits are clearly marked and accessible.
  • Avoid choosing a room located in a corridor that dead ends or has an open stairway.
When You Arrive
  • Become familiar with the protection systems offered by the motel and to be familiar with paths of escape.
  • Read any fire safety or escape information posted in your room or public areas.
  • Make sure the smoke alarm is working
  • Find two exits that are the closest to your room. Locate the stairs and know where they lead to.
  • Report to management any exits that are locked, propped open, or blocked.
  • Find out if and how the windows open in your room.
  • Practice finding and unlocking your door in the dark.
  • Choose a safe meeting place for you and your group once outside.
Have an Escape Plan
  • If you discover the fire, sound the alarm.
  • Close the door to your room and take your key with you. Leave the building and do not go back.
  • Never use the elevators. Always use the stairs.
  • Test all doors before you open them. If the door is cool, open the door cautiously and then continue.
  • If the door is hot, do not open it. Use a different exit.
  • Check all doors as you go. close as many door between you and the fire as you leave. Walk do not run!
  • If you are trapped, call 911!