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Tips for hotel fire safety
I thought of her advice in a hotel on Phuket, Thailand. I stayed on the top floor, the 6th, and my room had tiny slits for windows up near the ceiling. I laughed to my friend, "My mom would kill me if she saw this room." Days later the tsunami hit and although I had left by then, had I stayed it's possible that being on the 6th floor would've saved my life. Nevertheless, fires are much more common than tsunamis, and with the Vegas Monte Carlo fire yesterday, now is a good time for travelers to look around and check out their hotels' escape routes. Here are some more tips from the L.A. Times:
- Make sure your room's smoke detector is working.
- If a fire breaks out outside your room, feel your door before opening it to make sure it isn't warm.
- If you can't leave your room, call the hotel operator or fire department (this works better if you're in a room with phones!)
- Wet sheets and towels and place them under your door to keep smoke out.
- Hang a sheet from your window to alert rescuers where you are.
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