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City of Nederland Don Albanese, Mayor
Billy Neal, Mayor Pro Tem
Talmadge Austin, Councilmember
Emmett Hollier, Councilmember
Sylvia Root, Councilmember
Christopher Duque, City Manager

P.O. Box 967 * Nederland, Texas 77627 * 409.723.1503 * Fax 409.723.1550
Hotel / Motel Fire Safety

When traveling, it is important to become familiar with your surroundings. The United States Fire Administration and the Nederland Fire-Rescue Services would like you to review the following safety tips to assist you in preparing for fire safe traveling.


When making your reservations, ask if the hotel or motel has smoke detectors and fire sprinklers.

When traveling, take a flashlight with you.

Read the fire evacuation plan carefully. If one is not posted in your room, request one from the front desk.

Locate the two exits from your room.

Count the number of doors between your room and the exits. This will assist you in the need of an emergency evacuation.

Locate the fire alarms on your floor.

Never smoke in bed.


If the fire is in your room, get out quickly. Close the door, sound the alarm and notify the front desk.

NEVER USE ELEVATORS DURING A FIRE, always use a stairwell. The elevator could stop at the floor of the fire.

If the fire is not in your room, leave if it is safe to do so. Be sure to take your room key with you in case fire blocks your escape and you need to re-enter your room.

To check the hallway for fire, touch the door with the back of your hand to test the temperature. If the door is cool, get low to the floor, brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. Be ready to close it quickly if there are flames on the other side. Crawl low in the smoke to the nearest exit; the freshest air is near the floor.

If your room door is hot, do not open it. Instead, seal the door with wet towels or sheets. Turn off the fans and air conditioners. Call the fire department to give your location. Signal from your window.


The following items packed in a small case could save your life during a fire. These items can be left in your suitcase between trips.

  1. Duct tape - (for taping around doors)
  2. Small package plastic drop cloth - (for covering ducts in your room)
  3. Small Knife - (for cutting tape and plastic)
  4. Whistle - (you can blow a whistle longer than you can call for help)
  5. Large permanent marker - (for messages on sheets, etc. in room window)
  6. Small flashing light to place in window - (to draw attention to your room from the the outside by rescuers)
  7. Flashlight with alkaline batteries


Don't answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who it is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from their staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.

When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance of the hotel. Be observant and look around before entering parking lots.

Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.

Don't needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool, or other places where they can be easily stolen.

Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.

Don't invite strangers to your room.

Place all valuables in the hotel or motel's safe deposit box.

Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked.

If you see any suspicious activity, please report your observations to the management.

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