Hotel fires are more common than you think however the likelihood of a fire becoming out of control in a hotel and causing major damage has lessened greatly in the last decade. But just how likely is it that you may have to make a travel compensation claim whilst on holiday?
What are the main causes of hotel fires?
In America the main cause of a hotel fire is cooking. They tend to have more ovens and microwaves in the room and so these, if unattended, could easily cause a hotel fire thus possibly leading to a travel compensation claim.
Other common causes of hotel fires throughout America and England are: items being left on top of lamps, such as strewn off clothes; clothes being left on radiators; and electrical items such as laptops or straighteners left on. These are all common causes of hotel fires and are often the root of a travel compensation claim.
How do these fires not get out of hand and cause a travel injury or travel compensation claim?
In most mainstream hotels these days, it is compulsory to have a high standard of fire safety equipment installed for this precise reason. There are usually smoke and/or fire detectors in all rooms and many hotels have room sprinklers meaning at the detection of fire they will be activated thus instantly preventing a travel compensation claim and stopping the fire straight away,
How to avoid starting a fire in a hotel?
There are several measures you can take in order to prevent a hotel fire. Firstly make sure when you leave the room, even if it is just to go to the other end of the corridor, to turn off all electrical items including hair dryer, straighteners and laptops. Also, make sure none of these are left on a flammable surface especially a bed as this could easily lead to a travel injury.
As well as this, make sure that clothing or any other items such as towels or flammable items are not left on top of lamps or radiators or anything that gets warm as this is another potential fire hazard and travel compensation claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out how you could claim if you have an accident that wasn’t your fault whilst abroad on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: February 25, 2014
Author: David Brown