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Take a Tip from Federal Business Travelers When Choosing a Hotel

Sunday, July 22, 2012 |

Hotel Fire and Life Safety. Click to learn more...If you're like millions of Americans, you'll soon visit a favorite website to secure travel reservations.

Even now, you may be trying to make sure you don't forget something for that special trip: Room with a view? Check! Around-the-clock room service? Check! Heated pool and spa? Check!

You might think you have it covered.

The Los Angeles Fire Department asks you to go just one step further, by always staying in a fire safe hotel or motel.

LAFD wants you to be as safe as the Feds!

The Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990 mandates that Federal employees on official travel must stay in public accommodations that strictly adhere to life safety requirements specified in the legislation.

Why the law?

Still not convinced?

Investigations in the aftermath of the MGM Grand fire revealed that had the hotel been fully outfitted with automatic sprinklers, the damage from the small electrical fire would have been a puddle of water.

The fire in the Dupont Plaza tragedy moved with such speed that the hotel's casino patrons were dead before the local fire department had even been notified. Testimony following the fire indicated that the blaze would not have posed any threat to life at all, if smoke alarms and a sprinkler system had been in place!

Then again, maybe you already knew that.

What you may not know is how to access the Hotel-Motel National Master List that Federal employees (and Los Angeles Firefighters) use. It's no more difficult than visiting:

http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/hotel


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

1 comments:

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friend of the LAFD,

After making your reservation to stay in a fire safe hotel or motel, we kindly suggest you review this simple list of lodging safety tips to make sure your vacation or business travel remains memorable for all the right reasons. Please have a safe journey!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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