Here are the facts:

According to the National Fire Protection Association, on average, one of every 13 hotels or motels reported a structure fire each year.

There are an estimated 3,900 hotel and motel fires that cause 15 deaths, 100 injuries and $100 million in property losses throughout the United States each year.

The majority of hotel fire deaths result from fires that started in the bedroom.

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of hotel/motel fires.

Be safe when travelling:

The United States Fire Administration encourages you to choose a hotel or motel that is protected by both hard-wired smoke alarms and an automatic fire sprinkler system in each guest room.

When you check in, ask the front desk what the fire alarm sounds like.

See why we keep telling you that accommodation sharing options such are Airbnb are a GREATER threat?

After you check in, you should:

Carefully read and review the escape plan posted in your room.

Find the two closest exits from your room.

Count the number of doors between your room and the exits.  This will help if you need to get out in the dark.

Make sure the exits are unlocked.  If they are locked, report it to the management right away.

Find the fire alarms on your floor. 

Locate the nearest pull stations to activate an alarm.

Keep your room key and cell phone by your bed and take them with you if there is a fire.


Travel Safety Expert
Travel Safety Expert

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