Almost without exception, each of us has left home and stayed in a hotel, motel, or a bedroom and breakfast. Most of the time, when we are away, we get "relaxed" and cannot be aware of the dangers of being aware of a fire, especially in an unfamiliar environment. Let's take a look at some of the things you need to do to minimize your risks while away from home.
Even before traveling, fire experts strongly recommend that you research to see if your hotel has a fire safety plan. Does the facility have smoke detectors and a sprinkler system? In addition, you should assemble and pack a personal survival kit that includes a flashlight, a portable smoke detector, and a strip of duct tape. When traveling abroad, you should learn the word "fire" in your native language.
Immediately after the review you should ask your hotel evacuation plan, find out where the fire alarms are located and check if there are smoke detectors and sprinkler systems in your room. If there is a shortage in any of these areas, consider staying somewhere else.
When you are in your room, check the windows to make sure they are properly opened and closed (if they are not sealed). Identify at least two ways out of the room and learn how to unlock your door in the dark. Keep your room key and flashlight next to your bed and remember where they are always.
If a fire starts in your room, leave immediately and bring the key to your room. Close the door and sound the fire alarm. Move quickly to safety and do not use the elevator. When on the ground floor, leave the building immediately.
If you start a fire elsewhere, get your key and your flashlight. Place your back against the door to warm it up and then examine the corridor for smoke. If the smoke is detected, crawl along the floor and exit through the first staircase you see. Do not use the elevator again.
If you find out by touching the door of your room that it is hot or there is a lot of smoke in the corridor, the fire is near you and you need to stay in your room. Call for help, fill the bathtub with water, and throw the floor with wet towels or rugs. Tape the edges of the door and, if possible, hang the sheet from a window to signal to help you. If your windows are sealed, try opening them with a chair or other blunt tool. Finally, wait for the fire experts to come to you and never try to jump out of your room window.
Do you find these preventive measures severe? If you are not a frequent traveler it may look like this. Many of the fire codes used in the United States are very low in some countries – if not at all. Take precautions before traveling to make sure your stay is in a safe place.