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During April, spring break not only gives children a week off from school, but it also gives your family a chance to take a much-needed vacation.  Whether you’re heading to the coast or hitting the ski slopes, it is important to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings when traveling. The Bakersfield Fire Department recommends the following safety tips to help you prepare for fire-safe traveling:

Plan Ahead

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

• Always pack a flashlight for your personal use.

• 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 during an emergency evacuation.

• Locate the fire alarms on your floor.

• Never smoke in bed.

Life Safety Steps

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

• Always use a stairwell, never an elevator. 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 fans and air conditioners. Call 911 to provide your location, and signal from your window.

For more information and additional safety tips from the Bakersfield FIRE Department, please visit

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