|Gearing Up For Summer Safety - Hotel/Motel Safety|
|By PIO / Fire Prevention Officer Scot Best|
|June 7, 2021|
Every year, we look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, and picnics. Summertime, however, can also bring unwanted fires and injuries due to these outdoor activities. During the month of June, the Ridge VFD will share summer fire safety tips on various topics. This week, we focus on Hotel/Motel Safety.
With the school year coming to a close, everyone is turning their attention to vacation plans. The Ridge VFD asks that you remember to incorporate fire safety into travel plans before hitting the road for your summer retreat. It is just as important to be prepared and know what you would do in a hotel/motel emergency as it is in your own home. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), on average, one of every 14 hotels or motels reported a structure fire each year. Each year there are an estimated 3,900 hotel and motel fires that cause 15 deaths, 100 injuries, and $100 million in property losses. Cooking is the leading cause of hotel and motel fires.
Being mindful of the following safety points will help ensure that your upcoming vacation is as safe as it is fun!
• Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system.