Hotel and Motel Fire Safety

Bowling Green Firefighter at structure fire.

In Case of Fire

If you experience a fire, do not use water. Call 911 immediately. Never attempt to use water to extinguish a grease fire. While awaiting the fire department’s arrival, an all-purpose fire extinguisher can be used, but only if you have one ready and know how to use it. 

If a Fire Occurs:

  • If the fire is in your room, get out quickly, closing the door behind you.  Sound the alarm and notify the front desk.
  • If the fire is not in your room, leave only if it is safe to do so. Be sure to take your room key with you in case fire blocks your escape and you need to re-enter your room.
  • To check the hallway for fire, feel the door with the back of your hand. If the door is cool, get low to the floor, brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. Be ready to close it quickly if there are flames on the other side. If there are no flames, crawl low in the smoke to the nearest exit. Always use a stairwell, never an elevator. The elevator could stop at the floor of the fire.
  • If your room door is hot, do not open it. Instead, seal the door with wet towels or sheets. Call the fire department to give your location. Turn off the fans and air conditioners. Signal from your window with a flashlight or light-colored sheet, towel or article of clothing.
  • Don’t take time to pack your bags prior to exiting; get out!
Safety Tips:
  • When making your reservations, ask if the building has smoke detectors and fire sprinklers.
  • Upon arriving, become familiar with your surroundings.  Locate 2 exits from your room.  Count all doors between your room and each exit in case of an emergency evacuation in smoky conditions. Locate the fire alarm pull stations and detectors in your room and on your floor.  Make sure that exit paths and stairways are clear.
  • Always take a flashlight with you on trips.
  • Take note of the fire evacuation plan posted in your room and request one from the management if there isn’t one.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Do not block sprinklers with furniture or drapes trying to divide the rooms up.
  • Know the hotel’s address in case you need to call 911.
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Contact: Target Arson: 1-800-27ARSON, Bowling Green Fire Department, (270) 393-3702 or Crime Stoppers, (270) 781-CLUE