Each year, hotel and motel fires cause an average of 15 deaths and over 150 injuries, and result in more than $76 million in property loss. The numbers are high, and to keep them from climbing any higher, appropriate measures must be taken.
In any hotel, fire prevention should — at the very least — include the installation of fully functional fire detection systems. These systems should be tested regularly, and installed in guests’ rooms, as well as public and back-of-house areas. Hotel staff should be aware of the status of these detection systems at all times. It’s also important to implement safe working practices in high-risk areas such as the kitchen.
Fire protection services require that the kitchen be one of the most equipped areas in any hotel. Approximately 46% of all fires involve cooking equipment, so a fully operational fire sprinkler system or chemical suppression system should be installed in all kitchen areas. In addition, these systems should be inspected and tested regularly. Almost 44% of chemical system failures were due to a lack of maintenance on the building’s part.
Many companies have limited capital to invest, which prompts them to look for areas to cut costs. Unfortunately, fire protection is one of the areas where they choose to spend less. Most of the time, owners will opt for either warning systems or a sprinkler system, but the combination of both in a building could reduce injuries, loss of life, and property damage by at least 50%. Not only that, but many travel managers insist on the highest quality of safety for guests. In fact, 25% of travel managers refuse to book rooms with hotels that do not have the highest standards of fire protection for their guests.
Fire protection services don’t stop at technology, either. Commercial fire alarms can do many things, but they can’t account for human reaction. Most people staying in hotels have a rudimentary knowledge of the layout at best, and some are vision or hearing impaired. Working with fire protection services can not only help devise a plan for evacuation, it can help determine how to inform guests of the policy.
Regardless of the size or popularity of a hotel, having functional fire detection and protection is crucial. There may be challenges to overcome, but ensuring the safety of guests and staff is top priority.