Each year, one out of every 12 hotels reports a nasty fire within their building. This contributes to thousands of fires per year in motels and hotels. Fire safety is crucial in preventing fires in this kind of building, and a hotel poses different fire hazards than your average structure. People usually associate hotels with family vacations and traveling, and fire safety is not something most people consider once they are staying inside the hotel. All fire safety measures must be taken in hotels to protect guests from potential danger. Here are the top fire safety guidelines for hotel buildings!
Fire Hazards in Hotels
Hotels have specific hazards that can make fire protection a bit more complicated than other buildings. First of all, hotels have a large occupancy because there is a large number of rooms in which people are staying. This means there are many more people to protect. Also, hotel guests aren’t familiar with the layout of the building and won’t know the fastest exit route in the event of a fire. Guests of a hotel are especially vulnerable to the flames of a fire when they’re asleep, which is what people usually do with most of their time in their hotel rooms.
Hotels must have functioning fire alarms in the building. Since guests are again unfamiliar with the hotel’s layout, it’ll take them longer to leave. This means that early detection and alerting of a fire is important to be able to protect the guests from a fire. The hotel manager should double-check all fire alarms to make sure they’re working. Regular testing and inspections from fire safety professionals are also a good idea.
Hallways, rooms, and lobby areas in a hotel should all have fire extinguishers. These extinguishers should be labeled and easily accessible to guests inside the room. They should never be blocked off by furniture or anything that would make it hard to reach. Hotel managers should have extinguishers inspected consistently to make sure there’s no visible damage to the extinguisher and that they are all in the right spots.
A hotel should always have a well-established evacuation route for its occupants to follow. When a guest checks in, make them aware of the evacuation route and give them a flyer detailing the fire exit points and locations to leave. These should be placed in every single room to follow proper fire safety guidelines.
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