When you check in, make a note of the following:
- Locate the nearest fire exit.
- Count and remember the number of doors between exits and your room.
- Locate the nearest fire extinguisher.
Inspect your room:
- Study the layout of your room.
- Inspect anything that might help or hinder a possible escape.
- Read any fire emergency information provided, especially the layout on the back of your door.
- Always keep your key handy.
IF YOU FIND A FIRE: Persons discovering fire, smoke, or unusual heat in the hotel should remain calm and do the following:
- Inform the hotel operator. Touch 0
- Tell the operator:
- Exact nature of the trouble
- Exact location
- How serious the trouble is
- Your name and present location
If you can safely contain the fire, close (but do not lock) all doors to seclude the fire and immediately leave the area. Follow the exit signs. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. Always take your room key.
- Feel the door. If it's hot, don't open it. If it's cool, open it slightly, then look into the hallway. Be ready to slam the door shut if you see smoke or flames.
- Always take your room key with you.
- Keep a wet cloth or towel tied over your nose and mouth.
- Close door behind you to keep fire from spreading.
- If it's dark, and you smell smoke, drop to your hands and knees and crawl to the exit. (The air is fresher at floor level.) Remember to count the doors so you won't get lost.
- Should the stairwell be unsafe, return to your room. It is the safest place for you.
If you cannot leave:
- Stay Calm.
- Call the operator and give your location. If you cannot reach the operator, dial 911 directly from your guest room telephone.
- Be prepared to fight fire/smoke.
- Stay low to the floor where the air is the freshest.
- Tie a wet cloth or towel over your nose and mouth for easier breathing.
- Fill bathtub with water, as you may need to wet down your room.
- Seal the room from smoke. Stuff wet towels or sheets in the cracks around doors.
- Turn off air conditioning and fans.
- Signal your presence. Hang a sheet inside your window. This will show as a signal to firefighters that the room is occupied. DO NOT break the window.