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Jan 04 2011

Just One More Hotel Post (for now)

Category: Doors Gone Wrong,Road TripsLori @ 1:30 am Comments (6)
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These are the last few miscellaneous photos from our vacation, but never fear…I’m headed off for a Moms’ Weekend on Friday so maybe I’ll have some good (G-rated) spa photos for next week.  🙂

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6 Responses to “Just One More Hotel Post (for now)”

  1. Lindsey says:

    Hi Lori – It seems that hotels have a real issue when it comes to having safe, effective and code compliant door hardware. Why do you think this is when hotels normally have so many people in them? Safety in hotels should definitely be a priority!

    • Lori says:

      You’re absolutely right, Lindsey. The code requirements for hotels offer extra protection to the building occupants because the people in them may be unfamiliar with the egress paths, you can’t control what other occupants of the hotel are doing (for example, smoking in bed), and people may not respond immediately to an alarm because they’re either sleeping or think it’s a false alarm.

      Here are some stats from the NFPA: “U. S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,970 structure fires in hotels and motels in 2003-2007. These fires caused an annual average of 11 civilian deaths, 151 civilian fire injuries, and $63.3 million in direct property damage.” According to the NFPA, 1 out of every 12 hotels/motels reported a structure fire! If nothing else, I would think that a hotel like this one would want to compartmentalize the building to protect their property. Without operable fire doors, the smoke and flames would not be contained to one area and the property damage would increase exponentially.

      Whenever I stay in a hotel with deficient fire doors, I notify the hotel. I’ll let you know what I hear back.

      • Lindsey says:

        Thanks for the information, Lori! That’s great you notify the hotel; I will have to start doing the same at hotels I stay in.

  2. Mike says:

    After spending 25 years in Las Vegas providing F/D/H for mega resorts, I have come to the conclusion that the hotel management and maintenace people do care about fire doors and guest safety. The problem is that this is 15-20 people in a building that employs 2000+ people. Unless someone brings a problem to their attention, in writing, they are kept too busy with every day “emergencies” to keep up with regular maintenance.

    • Lori says:

      Hi Mike –

      I’m sure you’re right, but getting to the right person is close to impossible. I emailed this hotel while I was there to ask about sprinklers and I got an immediate response. I emailed them after the trip about the doors, and heard nothing back.

      Thanks for commenting and subscribing!

      – Lori

  3. Christie Roberts says:

    It only looks like an older hotel. This was their way of doing security back then. It does work however.

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