Salt Lake Fire Department urges vacationers to take precautions for a safe hotel stay

Published 06/23 2014 03:45PM

Updated 06/23 2014 05:16PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Most vacationers this summer will spend at least one night in a hotel or motel.
The Salt Lake City Fire Department reminds vacationers to take certain precautions that can prepare them for a safe hotel/motel stay.

You should:
Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system, and as you check in you should ask the front desk what the alarm sounds like
When you enter your room, review the escape plan posted (usually on the inside of the door)
Take time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit
Keep your room key by your bed and take the key with you if there is a fire
If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you
If you are evacuating the building, use stairs not an elevator
If you must escape through smoke, get low and crawl to the exit

In some cases, you may not be able to leave your room if the building is on fire. If that happens, you should:

Call 911 and let the dispatcher know of your location
Shut off fans and air conditioners
Stuff wet towels in the crack around the doors
Wait at the window and signal with a flashlight or light-colored cloth

Also, making sure you know where fire extinguishers are located will prepare you in case of a small fire.

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