When you go away for a holiday or break in a hotel, guesthouse or other accommodation you will be less familiar with your surroundings.
It’s important to protect yourself and your family by following some simple advice:
- When making room reservations, ask about the hotel’s fire safety policy and the procedures in place in the event of a fire.
- When you arrive, read the fire evacuation plan carefully. If this is not displayed in your room, request one. If you have hearing, visual or mobility difficulties, ensure the hotel or guest house is aware, and ask them to explain any special evacuation procedures.
- Locate the exit routes leading from your room.
- Count the number of doors between your room and the exits – this will help you in case you need to evacuate.
- Locate the fire alarm call points on your floor.
- Never smoke in bed.
- If there is a fire in your room, get out quickly, close the door and sound the alarm.
- If the fire is not in your room, leave if it is safe to do so. Be sure to take your room key with you in case fire blocks your escape and you need to re-enter your room. Don't try to pick up valuables or possessions.
- To check the hallway for fire, touch the door with the back of your hand to test the temperature. If the door is cool, get low to the floor, brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. Be ready to close it quickly if there are flames on the other side. Crawl low in the smoke to the nearest exit; the freshest air is near the floor.
- Always use the stairs and not the lifts. A lift could stop at the floor of the fire.
- If your room door is hot, do not open it. Instead, seal the door with wet towels or sheets. Turn off the fans and air conditioners. Signal from your window for help.