A recent fire in local N.J. hotel garnered attention by news outlets across the country raising concerns about fire safety in hotels and motels.
The two-alarm fire which broke out on Sept. 10 at the Best Western on Route 1 in South Brunswick, caused extensive damage leaving the hotel uninhabitable for the foreseeable future. The hotel did not have fire sprinklers.
Rules requiring fire sprinklers in hotels and motels vary from state to state, but the National Fire Protection Association offers the following tips to help you keep safe while traveling:
- Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system.
- When you check in, ask the front desk what the fire alarm sounds like.
- When you enter your room, review the escape plan posted in your room.
- Take the time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit.
- Make sure the exits are unlocked. If they are locked, report it to management right away.
- Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
- If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs — never use elevators during a fire.
- If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
If you can’t escape:
- Shut off fans and air conditioners.
- Stuff wet towels in the crack around the doors.
- Call the fire department and let them know your location.
- Wait at the window and signal with a flashlight or light colored cloth.
- Dial 9-1-1 and tell the operator where you are in the hotel
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To read more about the hotel fire visit: NJ.Com