A vacation should be a vacation from the stress and worries of everyday life. The last thing any traveler wants is to worry about fires, burglaries, or terrorist attacks. Although you are more likely to be struck by lightning than die in a terrorist attack while on vacation, hotel fire and burglaries are not altogether uncommon. Safety-mindedness should never check out on vacation, and having a vacation ruined by a mishap can often be prevented. Here are six tips that will help keep you safe when staying at a hotel.

Choose a safety-focused hotel

While you’re probably interested in saving money on travel, be sure to choose a hotel that doesn’t skimp on safety. Before booking, do a little research and make sure your hotel offers modern, electronic room locks, sprinklers, and smoke detectors installed in each room and hallway, and a well-lit parking lot and grounds.

Maximize safety and security

Did you know that fire-department ladders can only reach up to the 6th floor of most buildings? Be sure to select a room located between the 2nd and 6th floor. Never accept a ground floor room to avoid break-ins.

Conduct a DIY room security check

Double check your room lock to make sure it’s working properly. Ensure that all windows, adjoining doors, and outside doors lock and operate properly. Make sure that the in-room telephone is in working order in case of emergency, and always keep your cell phone fully charged. If you are traveling with valuables, ask to store them in the hotel safe.

Be prepared for an emergency

Your room should have fire safety information posted prominently; read up and familiarize yourself with the nearest fire exits and fire extinguishers.

Your room should have fire safety information posted prominently. Read up and familiarize yourself with the nearest fire exits. Locate the nearest fire extinguisher.

If you’re traveling with small children, be sure to baby-proof 

Plug the outlets. Cover sharp corners. Tie curtain cords to keep them out of reach. Unplug any hair dryers or handheld electronics/gadgets located on the bathroom counter sink.

Leave a light on

If you’re leaving your room for a night out on the town, leave a light and the radio/television on, and open the drapes slightly to make it seem as if someone is present in the room.