Hotel insurance can cover a variety of perils that can strike a lodging business. Fire damages are often covered by a hotel insurance policy.
But, hotel managers and owners should protect a hotel from fire risks in the first place. Hotel fires are extremely dangerous and sometimes deadly phenomena.
As a hotel or motel owner, take steps to reduce the risks of fires in your property.
1. Make sure your hotel meets code requirements
Hotels have to meet many of the safety code requirements of any other business. These codes are in place to keep management and guests safe.
Before receiving guests, make sure that local health and safety authorities inspect the hotel. They can point out problems that raise the risk of fires. That way, you can rectify the problem and pass inspection.
2. Rigorously enforce smoking laws
In many jurisdictions, it is illegal to smoke in hotels. However, in others, it is still allowed. A dropped cigarette could easily start a fire on the many flammable surfaces in hotels.
Know the laws of your area. Provide designated smoking areas. Also set up ample methods to safely dispose of cigarette butts.
3. Check your alarm systems
If you have a fire alarm and sprinkler system, make sure that these are working. Test them regularly. Keep emergency contact information on hand for the fire department.
4. Use fire extinguishers
Keep extinguishers or emergency hoses in conspicuous and easily accessible places. Make sure that they include operating instructions. If a small fire does break out, you or guests may be able to easily contain it.
5. Keep it sanitary
Dispose of trash in safe areas. Dust surfaces frequently, and always do an annual deep clean. If trash or dust accumulates through the hotel then the fire risk goes up.
6. Keep your laundry area clean
The laundry room sees a lot of action. The combination of flammable materials and electric heat raises the risk of fires. Make sure your employees know safe laundry procedures. Also check to make sure that lint ducts are clean and that machines function correctly.
7. Check flammable systems
In addition to your laundry system, also keep an eye on your gas, heating and electrical systems. All these pose fire risks, whether they come from wall sockets, heating ducts or fireplaces.
8. Monitor your food service system
If you serve food, make sure that you maintain the restaurant and kitchen. Only let qualified employees handle kitchen equipment. Make sure that these systems are off when they are not in use.
9. Consider fire-resistant upholstery
Many hotels nowadays are investing in fire-resistant and fire-retardant upholstery. Beds, chairs, carpeting and other fixtures often come with these options. Fire-resistant décor can often greatly reduce the risk of out-of-control blazes.
10. Keep guests informed
Place fire safety procedures in all guest areas. These notifications can let guests know about proper ways to practice fire safety. They can also point out flammable objects in the room. Make sure that these notifications also include escape routes and fire safety techniques.
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