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Hotel and Vacation Rental Fire Safety

As a member of the fire service, you know that fire safety is just as important when people are away from home. While there are fire safety regulations in place for hotels and motels, homes and apartments used as vacation or short-term rentals are not regulated to the same extent.

Did you know:

Each year, there are an estimated 3,900 hotel and motel fires that cause 15 deaths, 100 injuries and $100 million in property losses. Cooking is the leading cause of hotel and motel fires.

Source: Hotel and Motel Fires (2014‑2016) PDF

People in your community may not think about fire safety when they are on vacation or traveling for business. Use these messages and free materials to teach them about fire safety in hotels and in vacation and short-term rentals.

Messages to share

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Hotels and motels

Fire safety is important, even when you are away from home.
Stay in hotels and motels that have hard-wired smoke alarms and an automatic fire sprinkler system in each guest room.
Read the evacuation plan carefully.
Find the 2 closest exits from your room.
Count the number of doors between your room and the exits. This will help if you need to get out in the dark.
Find the fire alarms on your floor.
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Hotel-Motel National Master List

Use the Hotel-Motel National Master List to find hotels and motels that have at least 1 hard-wired, single station smoke alarm in each guest room and an automatic fire sprinkler system in each guest room for buildings that are 4 or more stories tall.

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Vacation and short-term rentals – Be sure:

Everyone knows the address of the rental.
Everyone knows 2 ways out of every room and out of the rental if there is an emergency.
There are working smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the rental.
There are working carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the rental.
You can open all doors and windows that lead outside.
Everyone knows the location of fire extinguishers.
You choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from the rental.

Social media graphics and stock photos

social media card: stay safe when traveling


Pictographs can help overcome literacy barriers by communicating messages with pictures. Our pictographs will help you to communicate hotel fire safety messages to high-risk populations.

know the escape plan
count the surrounding exits
use the emergency exit door