Whether guests at a seven star hotel or a seven dollar hostel there are certain things that travelers need to consider when staying in overnight accommodation. Here are our top 5 tips for staying safe and secure in a hotel environment.
1. Room to Improve: If you have the option to pre-book a room or choose where in a hotel to stay think about a few things.
What floor to stay on – the general consensus is between the 2nd floor and 6th floor. This way people can’t easily gain access to your room windows but fire fighters can reach with their ladders.
The risks of the area – Are you staying in a hostile environment? If there is a risk of IED’s, car bombs or suicide bombers think about getting a room at the back of the hotel or the opposite of where cars can drive up to the entrance. Perhaps even away from the general lobby area.
If you are not happy with the location of your room, ask to move to a different one.
2. Fire first:
This is a saying we use to remind travelers that as soon as you arrive at your hotel spend a few minutes to ask yourself, what if there was a fire or other emergency?
As soon as you get into your room, place your bags on the bed and exit the room. Look for your nearest fire exit and nearest fire extinguisher, picture reaching these in the dark and count either steps or number of doors between your room and the these points. You may have to find these in the dark or when there is smoke blinding you. Don’t stop there, check the fire exit and ensure it is in fact a viable option. Then when you are happy head back to your room.
3. Fire second:
There was a tragic story of a whole family dying from a small fire within their home. They were sleeping with every door open and all the toxic fumes traveled freely throughout each bedroom killing the occupants as they slept. When fire fighters arrived they only found the pet dog alive as he was shut in a small utility room. The door had protected the dog from the fire and fumes. This story re-enforces the fact that a room can protect the inhabitants from smoke and heat for a considerable amount of time if done properly.
Fire second is a saying we teach our students. Once you have identified the fire exits and returned to your room, ask yourself again, what if there was a fire? If there is no escape from the exits then this room will be your citadel, your safe room.
Look at the window, does it open, what floor are you on? Can you jump? If not does it open to give you fresh air.
How does the door open and unlock. Is there a key? If so always leave it in the same place.
Is there a bath – in an emergency you can fill this up with water and use it to douse the door and walls.
If there is a fire and you cant escape then wet towels and block any gaps around the door.
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