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Hotel fires and guest safety

One aspect of security that many travelers tend to overlook when booking their rooms at Florida hotels is fire safety. Although many hotels advertise their amenities and highlight other security offerings, such as encrypted Wi-Fi, electronic room access and around-the-clock surveillance, many owners do not advertise the fire safety measures they have in place to protect their guests.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that there are 3,520 hotel structure fires each year that firefighters respond to. These properties sustained direct property damages that cost hotel owners $84 million. They also report that the number of people who sustain injuries from these incidents is 120 and that there are nine casualties.

Hotel owners have a duty to take reasonable actions to ensure the safety of their guests. Fires not only represent a major financial risk for hotel owners, but they also represent a major security risk for guests. According to Siemens, due to there being a high number of combustible items and a large amount of people in one place, there is a higher safety risk to hotel guests when fires break out. The age of guests, their physical health and their mental awareness can affect their ability to remain safe in hotels in the event of fires.

Many guests are not knowledgeable about the location of fire alarms, escapes, exits or the layout of the hotels they are staying in which elevates the risk of harm even more. Hotel owners should establish security and preventative fire measures that maximize guest safety. They should also make it easier for fire emergency personnel to respond, design more effective evacuation protocols and eliminate factors that contribute to fires occurring.

Hotel fires are not always preventable. However, with the right security and fire safety measures in place, the risk of harm to guests can be minimized. Hotel owners who do not put the safety of their guests first, also run the risk of sustaining expensive property damage and damaging their reputation.

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