When you are on vacation or travelling, you want to be enjoying your time and not have to worry your personal safety. The reality of it is where you sleep in a hotel can always improve your chances of survival in case of an emergency. Your hotel safety is very important when you are on both short and long trips. A travel security researcher from London, Rob Walker was able to compile a list of some of the best ways to select a safe room in a hotel.
First and second floor rooms are ideal
He first recommended that if you want to book a room in a hotel you should find one in the first and the second floor. It is important to avoid the basement rooms and any rooms that are above the 6th floor. The first and the second floors are very safe from thieves. These rooms also provide a safer platform where you can jump in case of an emergency, as it decreases the risk of an injury (especially to the brain or spinal cord). Rooms that are in these two floors are also within the firefighters reach in case of a fire emergency.
Pick rooms in the right location
He also suggested that travelers should look for rooms that are on the side of the building and a distance from the lobby and door entrances. Rooms near emergency exits are ideal. Choosing a room that is not near the entrance is safe because these rooms are easy targets for attackers. A guestroom that is located near the elevator can also be safe even if it’s very noisy at times.
Get good doors
Walker has also gone ahead and recommended that apart from emergency exits strategies, it is advisable to sleep in rooms that have strong doors that do not interlock. This makes it easy to escape in case of any emergency that can occur.
Research the area your hotel is in
He has also stated that choosing a hotel that is located in a high crime area is not advisable.
Hotel security is key
Always ensure that you travel to regions that have organized security systems from the local police. You should also know if the hotel has a 24-7 security system. After all, a comfortable sleep and rest is only achieved when you sleep in an area that you trust that you are safe. It is also advisable that you should only sleep in hotel rooms that have eye-holes, deadbolts and evacuation procedures that are very strategic.
Take personal precautions
Finally, try to always check your room before settling down. Check for any unauthorized-guests under the beds and in the wardrobes. You should also ensure that the room has enough clean water, electricity. Your mobile phone should also be fully charged and functioning every time you are in a hotel room.
Sourced from: Travel and Leisure
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