If you travel often as I do it’s likely you will come across the one or the other “not so great” hotel. Sometimes, what you see on a website or in a magazine is far from the harsh reality once you arrive at your travel destination.
What’s an amazing palace on paper can sometimes turn out to be a shabby hole. The problem is that many times you won’t have a choice but to stay since there are are no other options for better accommodations close-by.
While an uncomfortable bed, ugly wallpapers or a non-functioning TV wouldn’t really be a major issue for the hardened world traveler it’s a different story when looking at safety and security while you have to stay at such places.
Some of the hotels I already had to stay in lacked even the most essential things such as fire alarms or easily accessible emergency exits.
Here I can give you a tip:
Take a portable smoke alarm with you at all times!! This can be a conventional smoke alarm that’s normally going up on home’s ceilings, like the smoke alarms who can find in any do-it-yourself store today. It doesn’t matter. Smoke alarms are not big and they can fit in your suitcase easily together with a fresh set of batteries.
If you feel that the fire safety in the hotel you need to stay is severely lacking you can simply place the smoke alarm on a cupboard or table or fix it to the ceiling with double sided tape. It’s really easy to do.
Obviously, your portable smoke alarm can not prevent fires from breaking out but it can help make you a little bit safer during your travels.
For more information on fire safety whether it be for your own home or during your travels I recommend you see Argos Fire, the U.K.’s specialists for the Ansul and other modern fire prevention systems.