Hotel Fire Safety

June 29, 2022

Brandon, MB – Vacations and business travel make hotels and motels our home away from home. Brandon Fire & Emergency Services is reminding the public that it is just as important to be prepared and know what you should do in a hotel/motel emergency as it is in your own home. 


  • Choose lodging that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system. 

  • When you arrive, familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Read fire safety and escape information posted in your room. 

  • Take the time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit so you can find your way in the dark or in smoke. 

  • Find the fire alarm pull station on your floor and keep your room key close to the bed. 


  • Evacuate.  Don’t investigate. 

  • Feel the door for heat with the back of your hand. If the door is cool, open it cautiously. Close all doors behind you to create barriers for the fire as you exit. 

  • Crawl low under smoke. Smoke rises, so cleaner, cooler air is closer to the floor.  

  • If you encounter fire or heavier smoke as you are crawling, turn around and find another exit. 

  • Use the stairs – never use the elevator during a fire. 



  • Stay in your room with the door closed.  

  • Shut off all fans, the heat, and the air conditioner. 

  • Stuff wet towels in the crack around the doors. 

  • Call 911 to advise the fire department of your location. 

  • Wait at the window to be rescued and signal with a flashlight or light-coloured cloth.