Staying in a hotel is a great way to relax. With no cooking, cleaning or making your own bed to do you can just concentrate on enjoying your holiday. To get the most out of your stay it’s worth taking a little time to check out the safety features in your hotel to help ensure you have a trouble-free stay.
Balconies are a great place to chill but they are also one of the most common places for holiday accidents so you need to take care.
Bathroom floors are often tiled so condensation and water spray can make them slippery. If your hotel provides non-slip floor mats these are worth using and remember not to use electrical appliances near water.
And just like at home, don’t overload sockets!
It’s a good idea to read the fire safety notices around your hotel as soon as you arrive. If you can’t find them ask at reception. Find out where the fire exits are, which escape route is nearest to your room and how to raise the alarm if there’s a fire. Make sure everyone in your party knows this too.
Food poisoning due to poor local hygiene or food preparation is thankfully rare in most popular holiday destinations. Often the cause of an upset stomach is due to a change in climate, eating foods you’re not used to or perhaps drinking more fizzy drinks and alcohol than you usually do.
But if you are concerned about the food and drink at your hotel it makes sense to take precautions. This could include avoiding ice cubes, raw seafood and uncooked fruit and vegetables and only drinking bottled water.
If you or someone in your party fall ill and you think this may be due to the food in your hotel then you should speak to the hotel and/or your holiday rep if you are on a package holiday.
For more on food and water safety see our guide.
If there are any gas appliances in the room you sleep in, such as a gas water heater or cooker, take a couple of minutes to check out the appliance.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is sometimes produced when a gas appliance is faulty. You can't see or smell it but it can be fatal.
The six main signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and loss of consciousness. Don’t confuse these with other holiday sicknesses and if you have any concerns contact your hotel reception immediately.
Most hotels abroad don’t have carbon monoxide detectors. If you are worried about this you can buy a portable one in the UK or patches which detect carbon monoxide and take these with you. For more on carbon monoxide see our guide.
When the sun is very bright it can sometimes be hard to see glass doors and windows. Even if you know they are there, they might look like they are open when they are not. This can lead to a nasty collision and can be particularly dangerous if anyone is running towards what they think is an open glass door.
Many hotels will put stickers on their glass doors or windows so you can spot them but if they don’t, take care to remember they are there and remind any children in your party as well!
It’s often a good idea to keep your windows locked particularly if children can easily reach them, they can be reached from someone else’s balcony or you are on the ground floor where a thief could easily gain access to your room.
Marble flooring and tiled floors are more common in hot countries than in the UK. They’re great for keeping places cool but they can be very slippery if they get wet. So if you’ve just got out of the pool and are crossing one of these surfaces or other people use it when they are wet, take care.
One of the most common causes of holiday accidents is falling on stairs. It’s worth reminding children not to run up or down stairs and to use a handrail if there is one.
If there are large windows or glass doors around the hotel take extra care in bright sunlight to check if they are open or not if you’re going through them – it’s not always obvious.
Most hotels are perfectly safe but it’s always good to guard against thieves. So if you are telling reception your travel plans or what you’ll be doing that day its best to keep the conversation between you and them – you don’t want everyone else to know what your plans are.
Keep your room locked at all times even when you’re in it. The same goes for windows if they are easily accessible from outside or small children can get to them from inside.
It’s also often a good idea to indicate your room is occupied even when you are out. You can do this by using a "do not disturb" sign or leaving the lights on.
If you’re staying somewhere you don’t feel particularly safe (and this won’t apply to most holidaymakers) try and get a room with a peephole so you can see who is outside before you open the door. And you can also place a wedge under your door if you feel really uneasy.
For more on pool safety read our guide.
If there is a wall safe in your room you can use this to store your money, valuables and any important documents you want to keep safe.
If there isn’t one you may be able to give them to reception to lock in the hotel’s safe.
If there’s no safe to store things then you can either keep your valuables on you or hide them in your room. Make sure your room is locked at all times (even when you’re in it) and that you don’t leave valuables on display.
These companies have signed up to the Safer Tourism Pledge