Hotel Safety Tips-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hotel Safety Tips

Hotel SymbolNow that warmer weather has finally arrived, many of us are thinking about the upcoming travel season.  While we may think about making sure our vehicles are safe to drive, we often overlook a very important part of travel safety:  protecting ourselves in hotels.

When you arrive at your hotel, always think about how you will get out if there is an emergency.  See where your room is with respect to stairs or exits.  It is a good idea to count the doors from your room to the nearest exit route.  Doing this will allow you to safely get out, even if the corridor is filled with smoke, making it difficult to see.

In your room, always lock your door, and use all the locks that are provided.  If there are connecting doors or windows in your room, make sure they are locked, too.  Never let a stranger into your room.  If the person at the door claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask for verification.

Don’t carry large amounts of cash or wear expensive jewelry where others can see you.  If the hotel has a safe in the room or at the front desk, be sure to use it.

Always lock your vehicle when you get in and out, and either remove all your valuables or place them out of sight.

Know where you are and where you want to go.  Ask for directions and information if you aren’t sure.  Most hotel front desk attendants are happy to help you.  When you leave the building, travel with friends or colleagues, if possible, and stay in well lit, highly traveled areas.

Finally, be aware of what’s going on around you, both inside and outside the hotel.  Don’t let an unpleasant incident ruin your vacation.

By: Jim Gindlesperger,, 412-268-3760