Hotels are our second home when we’re on a trip. Whether because of vacation, family bonding, or even business trips, hotels provide a way to feel comfortable when we’re away from home. But not all hotels have the necessary safety features that will protect you, your loved ones, or at the very least, your luggage. Here I have listed 10 safety features that you should look for in a hotel.
1. Competent and Alert Security Guards: If you are a Filipino, then you’ve probably heard of Jimmy Sieczka, the controversial American who posted a video which states his 20 reasons why he dislikes Philippines. He was clear in his opinion about the ineffectiveness of certain Filipino security guards. Well, you can’t blame him for pinpointing how some of our security guards do their work. Most of them don’t take their job seriously. A competent hotel should have security guards that take shifts since it operates 24 hours a day. Competent security guards should know the dos and don’ts when it comes to dealing with guests and non-guests. They should know when to use certain precautionary measures in order to control whatever situation arises.
2. Fire Alarms: Fire alarms are set to alert all the guests in case of fire. They provide the fastest way to advice all guests and personnel to vacate the building whenever necessary. Never book in a hotel that is without fire alarms and fire extinguishers.
3. Sprinklers: In case there’s a small build-up of fire in someone’s kitchen, sprinklers can help put out the fire immediately so that it’ll not spread all throughout the room and the rest of the hotel. This can prevent larger panic to arise.
4. Fire Exits: Once the fire becomes uncontrollable, every person should have a clear path as to where the fire exits are. These fire exits should be wide enough for a large group of hurrying people. Also, these fire exits should be available at all the main areas of the hotel.
5. Intact Electrical Wires: Who wants to get electricuted while on a vacation? No one! In fact, no one wants it AT ALL. So whenever you check in at a hotel, it is important to be very conscious when it comes to faulty electrical wirings, for they can cause us our lives.
6. Flat /Plane Surface: We don’t want ourselves, and especially our children, to trip and suffer bruises just because of uneven floors. Worst scenario could involve bone and head injury, which would take some serious time to heal.
7. Secure Door and Window Locks: Of course, not all of us would stay in our hotel rooms all throughout our vacation. Once we’re out, we need to secure all our important things. Hotels should have highly secured doors and windows in order to keep our valuables safe at all times.
8. CCTV Cameras: Almost all establishments now are equipped with CCTV cameras. Because they provide consistent views of the nook, crannies and tightest corners of the hotel, guests are assured that every place in the building is accounted for. CCTV cameras have become, in their own way, a new species of security system in every business.
9. Maintenance: Rusty bars, edgy walls, broken chairs, unpleasant smells, and unclean water are just some of the things the hotel management should be aware of. It is important to maintain the cleanliness and safety of the hotel in order to avoid future problems. For example, rusty bars can cause tetanus, broken chairs can cause broken bones, and water should be crystal clear since it is used for bathing and brushing teeth.
10. Safe Surroundings: Customer’s safety doesn’t just begin and end inside the hotel premises. Outside factors like the neighbourhood, the traffic and the air pollution should also be considered.
This doesn’t just serve as a reminder for guests; it is also a guideline for all hotel owners. It is important to establish a good client-owner relationship. This serves as a win-win situation for both because vacationers can have their dream relaxation period while the hotel owners are provided an opportunity to establish the credibility of their hotels.