Every year, there are over 3,500 fires in hotels and motels. This staggering statistic underlines the importance of fire protection for these locations. Every hotel owner and management team should take the proper steps to help prevent devastating fires.
All hotels need to have functional fire alarm systems. When the alarms activate early enough, it will give all the guests and employees more time to evacuate the building. The building manager is responsible for ensuring that all fire alarms are in working order and that they are regularly inspected and tested by their fire protection partners.
Fire extinguishers should be readily accessible in all areas of the hotel. This means that they need to be in every room, in every hallway, and in the lobby areas. Every fire extinguisher needs to be clearly labeled. If the labels are no longer legible, then they need to be replaced and updated to reflect the latest standards set by the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA. No matter where the fire extinguishers are located, they should never be blocked by furniture or decorations, and they should never be allowed to remain depleted or be placed in the wrong locations. The fire extinguishers also need to be inspected for signs of leaks and cracks that could interfere with their operation
Functional fire sprinklers are just as important as properly charged fire extinguishers. Fire sprinklers can contain fires and prevent them from spreading to other parts of the hotel. For this reason, hotel managers need to get in touch with their fire protection providers to verify that all fire sprinklers are working and don’t need to be repaired.
Evacuation procedures are an essential part of ensuring the best possible fire protection for all building occupants. All guests should be given necessary information on what to do in case of a fire – which exits they should use, and where they should gather once they have reached safety. In addition to flyers or other handouts to the guests, the routes for fire evacuation procedures need to be posted in every single room and on every floor in the corridors.
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