Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hotels & Fire Alarms~ Be Prepared

OK~ It's been almost a month now since we were evacuated from a hotel in the middle of the night.  If you have never had this happen to you, I've got some tips to help you if it should ever happen to you!  We don't stay in hotels very often, so when this happened it was really a case of bad luck.

We were awakened at 4:00 a.m. with a LOUD noise. My ears still hurt!  When you get woke up from a deep sleep, it takes a moment for it all to sink in. I kept trying to turn off the alarm clock, as I did not check to see if it was set to go off before I went to bed. Well, that's when Todd said, "It's the fire alarm.  We need to get out now!" OK~ So, what do you grab? Well I grabbed a sweater to throw over my pajamas and that was it! Garrett got out of bed...sweatshirt on with his pajamas...Todd was out with a sweatshirt, pajamas, car keys, hotel room keys, and his cell phone. That was it~ we were out!

So, we got outside...Thankfully it must've been in the upper 30's, which was good for that time of day in Des Moines, Iowa. I did not have my contact lenses in, so I was blind as a bat! My eye glasses were somewhere in the hotel room. Since Todd had grabbed our car keys we could sit in our heated car!  Several people were outside...as they had not grabbed their car keys.

Lesson learned........I had looked at the escape route which is pasted on every door in every hotel. I have always made a point to make a mental note of how to get out, but honestly never thought it would matter.  Well, I was glad I had glanced at that map.

Should you find yourself in a hotel and the fire alarm goes off~ Make sure you have any valuable items placed near your bed, so you can grab them if you should have to evacuate. As we were sitting in the car we were mentioning my purse, my cell phone, Garrett's cell phone, the laptop, and several other items that we would have preferred to have taken with us. Thankfully, 45 min. later we were back in our room~ fire department came to check everything out and never found anything!

I found out from an employee of the hotel that several guests had not taken their room keys with them.  That is a very important thing to take with you, should you be evacuated, as well as your car keys (if your car is in the parking lot). Place your items in a spot near your bed or the door so you can grab them as you head out of your hotel room. I know we will be much better prepared the next time we stay in a hotel.

Hopefully this never happens to you, but if it does you will be prepared! And if it does you will be much better prepared than we were! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

4 comments:

  1. Your hubby sounds like mine! He remembered several important things,whereas I would have been a blank slate! Actually, I WAS a blank slate.

    We had a similar situation occur when we were on a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation in Rome. We were awakened by an earthquake! My hubby was the only one who instantly knew what was happening and quickly instructed us all on what to do. I did remember my shoes though!

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  2. What a horrible situation to be in! So glad everything was okay after all. Your tips are great ones. Since we live in an area that gets a lot of wild fires, every few years we completely consolidate our most important things to a container we can grab in a moment's notice when we're at home (since we've had to evacuate before). We're totally slacking on that right now, though. Makes me want to get that stuff together again!

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  3. my husband always keeps his stuff in one central location so we would probably be well prepared that way. I've never been woken up by a fire alarm though so I'm not sure how I would've reacted. Thankfully you are all safe.

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  4. great and insight blog about Fire alarms.Keep it up and thanks.

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