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Fire fatalities in hotels and motels have been
decreasing significantly for many years, because more and more
facilities are doing all they can to keep their guests
Chances are, within the next few months, you or someone
you know will be traveling and staying in a motel or hotel.
A business trip, family vacation or romantic get-away, the fire safety of
the accommodations should always be considered. After all, what's
better, staying at a fire-safe hotel, or the hotel with numerous amenities
that lacks a sprinkler system?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's United States
Fire (USFA) Administration and National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) have
recently teamed up to provide a "Fire Safety Outreach
Initiative." As part of the initiative USFA is working with the
NFPA to promote the Hotel and Motel Master List. By law,
federal employees on travel must stay in public accommodations that adhere
to specific life safety requirements in order to be reimbursed for travel
expenses. The list of hotels and motels that comply with these
requirements is now available to the general public. Conscientious
travelers can find the National Master List of hotel/motel properties
online at the UFSFA's web site, www.usfa.fema.gov/hotel.
Last modified: December 13, 2003
Practice the following safety tips:
Choose a hotel/motel protected by both smoke alarms and
Familiarize yourself with escape plans posted in your
room and in the lobby.
Keep the room key (and a flashlight if possible) easily
accessible on a nightstand in case of an emergency. Also remember to
take your room key with you if you have to evacuate your room.
In the event of a fire USE THE STAIRS.
Locate the two nearest exits and fire alarms.
If confronted with smoke, stay low to the ground and
crawl to safety.
When escaping, test doors before you open them.
Using the back of your hand, feel the door at the cracks and near the
knob. If the door is cool, open it with caution. If it is
warm, try another escape route or stay inside and call the fire department
to let them know you are trapped in your room.