Article by Tennessee Gazette
Posted on May 29, 2018
Nashville, Tennessee–The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding citizens and travelers to incorporate fire safety into travel plans when hitting the road for your summer retreat. The State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends the following Hotel/Motel Safety Tips:
- Choose a hotel or vacation rental that is equipped with both hard-wired smoke alarms and fire sprinklers.
- During check in, ask the front desk what the fire alarm sounds like.
- When you enter your room, review the posted escape plan. This is often found on the back of the door.
- Take time to familiarize yourself with the two closest exits to your room.
- Count the number of doors between your room and the nearest two fire exits. If they are not alarmed, open the exit doors to be sure they are unlocked.
- Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
- If the alarm sounds, leave immediately.
- When leaving, close all doors behind you.
- If the fire alarm is sounding, use the stairs. Never take use an elevator in the event of a fire.
- If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
- If the fire is in your room, get out quickly, sound the fire alarm, and notify the front desk.
“Hotels and motels often become your temporary residence when traveling, so it’s important that you and your family are familiar with your surroundings and have a plan just in case an emergency arises,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. To learn more about fire safety click here