Spring and summer are busy
with plans to see new places. Do you think about fire safety when staying at a hotel while on the road? You should! Although
not a common occurrence, fires can happen in hotels. Follow these tips from the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org) and keep your family safe!
-Choose a hotel that is protected by both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers.
-Read the fire escape plan posted in your room (usually
on the inside of the door)
-Count the number
of doors between your room and the nearest fire exits. Open the exit doors to be sure they are unlocked.
-Keep your room key or card by your bed and take it with you if there's
a fire. If you cannot escape, you will need it to return to your room.
-If you hear an alarm, leave immediately, closing all doors behind you.
-Use the stairs-never use elevators during a fire.
-If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
-If all escape routes are blocked, return to your room.
Shut off fans and air conditioners. Stuff wet towels or bedding around the doors and vents. Call the fire department to let
them know your location. Wait at a window and signal for help with a flashlight or light colored cloth.
-Bring a small flashlight and keep it near your bed. Don't forget
to check the batteries!
The National Fire Protection Association has an
excellent website with many educational articles and tips on various fire protection/fire prevention topics. They also have
a section of the website dedicated to teaching small children about fire safety. A "must visit" website for anyone!