Whenever you go to stay at a hotel, there are a few forces at work that you may not even know about that are helping to keep you safe. That is because most hotels have all their rooms and whole building fireproofed. This is because fireproofing is an important part in hotel safety. Hotels want to make sure that you are safe whether you know it or not. After all, there are a lot of things that hotels can do to keep you safe, but fireproofing is one of the best ways that they can, not only protect you, but protect themselves as well. Fireproofing their hotels makes them rest assured that if one of their rooms catches on fire, that it will more than likely not spread to other rooms. Any hotel that is not adequately fireproofed is not worth staying in. So what are some of the fire proofing measures you would expect to see in a fully compliant hotel or motel?
- automatic fire detection and alarm systems
- automatic fire suppression systems, such as sprinkler systems
- emergency lighting and exit signs
- fire hose reels, fire hydrants and portable fire extinguishers
- fire doors and mechanical air-handling systems
- lightweight fire-resistant construction materials.
Also there are many different ways that hotels go about fireproofing their rooms. First of all, they usually place fire walls in between the rooms. This helps keep fires from spreading if they get started in a room. Of course, we all know that the best way to avoid having fire damage is to not have a fire started in the first place. So to help stop a fire from starting, they like to use fire retardants all over the room. This means that their floors and their curtains are all fire retardant. If not sure ASK!!
If you are going to be staying in a hotel or motel, you might as well make sure that they fireproof all of their rooms before you stay there, again ASK or check prior to making your booking. Even if the fireproofed walls do not stop the fire from starting or spreading, it will slow it down. This will give you and your family enough time to get out of the room. Also, it’s important to know that all hotels are covered by smoke alarms. Check to see they are in working order, ASK when they were last tested. Also the type of smoke alarm is very important. Photoelectric smoke alarms are usually much faster at detecting smoke from smouldering synthetic material than ionisation alarms, but the earlier a fire is detected the better your chances of getting you and your family out before the fire takes hold. The hotels today are a lot better than the older style hotels that lots of us are use too, but the same rules apply, check prior to booking and if you can’t do that ASK management or cast your eyes around, your family’s life may depend upon it. So when you want to stay somewhere that is, not only going to give you a nice place to sleep, but are going to to make you feel safe as well, then you need to look for flame retardant hotels that have flameproof rooms. After sleeping in one of these rooms, you will never want to go back. It’s always easier to sleep when you feel safe, and not having to worry about fires is a great start.
Yours In Fire Safety