As we head towards the wintertime holidays, there will be an associated uptick in travel. This will include an increase in the number of people staying at hotels across the country, indeed around the world. If you are planning holiday travel that will include a hotel stay, there are seven hotel safety tips you need to bear in mind.
Book a Hotel with an Interior Room Entry Door
Generally speaking, hotels that come with interior room entry doors are safer than those that offer exterior entry doors into guest rooms. In other words, in order to reach the entrance to a guest room, a person has to enter into a hotel building itself. The bottom line is that it is much easier from a person of ill-intent to enter a guest room that has an entry door on the exterior rather than the interior of the lodging building itself.
Consider the Neighborhood where Hotel is Located
Some hotels are located in less than desirable neighborhoods. As a result, when you are looking for a hotel to book a stay, you need to consider the surrounding neighborhood. A hotel in a less than desirable neighborhood raises the prospect that a guest at a property is at a greater risk for being the victim of crime.
Always Use the Door Latch
Nearly all hotel rooms in the United States feature an interior door latch. While a door latch does not make a hotel room door impenetrable, it does provide at least some additional protection to people staying at a lodging property. Therefore, whenever you are in your room, make it a point to flip the door latch to the locked position.
Do Not Leave Valuables in the Room
A wise decision is to limit the valuables that you take on vacation or a business trip in the first instance. However, if you must take certain valuables on your trip, do not leave these items in your room when you are out and about. For example, if you are traveling with expensive jewelry, take it with you when you leave your hotel. In the alternative, take advantage of your room safe or the main hotel safe, if at all possible.
Use Privacy Signs, Keep Television On
When staying at a hotel, take full advantage of the privacy sign. Place the privacy sign on your door whether you are in or out of your room. Similarly, when you are not in your room, keep the television turned on.
Check for Bed Bugs
When you check into a hotel room, take a moment to check for bed bugs. Such an inspection needs to include not only sheets and other bedding. You also need to inspect:
- Base of bed
- Couches chairs
- Other items in the room
Learn Hotel Exits
Make sure you know precisely where the nearest emergency exit is to your hotel room. Odds are significant that there will not be an emergency that requires an evacuation. However, if such a need arises, seconds literally matter. Knowing where the nearest emergency exit is in proximity to your hotel room can be the difference between life and death.
If you’ve been injured at a hotel, motel, or resort as the result of the negligence of someone else, you need to be proactive when it comes to protecting your vital legal rights. The first step in protecting your legal rights following an injury at a hotel, motel, or resort is to schedule an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm hotel accident injury lawyer.
You can schedule a consultation with a hotel accident injury lawyer by calling our firm any time of the day or night at (800) 349-0000. A nationwide law firm, we can schedule an appointment for you with a hotel accident injury attorney at any one of our 40 offices located across the United States. We can arrange a virtual consultation online as well. There is never a charge for an initial consultation with a member of our legal team.
The Doan Law Firm makes at attorney fee guarantee. Our firm will never charge you an attorney fee unless we win your case for you. Our firm is committed to fighting tirelessly to obtain justice in your case.