January 22, 2011

January 22, 2011
Hotel Room Safety

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a safe and great weekend. This is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. We are on the road doing more events for the community.

As you know Dab the AIDS Bear and I travel a lot and that means staying in a lot of different hotels during our journeys. While safety is important at home, it is even more important when you are traveling especially f you travel alone. So do not take your safety for granted.

That chain lock and the room safe are not as secure as you might think. Take these critical precautions during your next hotel stay.

To protect yourself:

* Keep the door to your room locked at all times. If you are inside the room, turn the deadbolt and fasten the security chain.
* When you leave your hotel room, pull the door completely closed behind you. Make sure the latch has engaged. Take a moment before you leave to try the door and make sure it is closed and locked.
* Do not open your door to strangers. Use the security viewport to see who is outside your door. Do not trust someone claiming to be a hotel employee if you are not expecting one. If you are unsure, call the front desk to check. Leave the security chain engaged while opening the door for further protection.
* Check all windows and doors in your room every time you enter it and leave it to make sure they are closed and locked.
* When entering or leaving the hotel after dark, use the main entrance.
* If you travel often, consider buying a portable alarm system to hang on the doorknob for added protection. These movement sensitive devices can awaken you if a door lock should happen to fail.

To protect your valuables:

* Use the safe provided in the room to store keys, wallets, extra cash and credit cards, jewelry, and other small valuable items you are leaving in the room. If no safe is supplied, check with the front desk. They may have locked storage available for your use. (I personally always use the locked storage provided at most hotels instead of the room safe.
* Do not leave cash, travelers checks and expensive electronics and jewelry lying around the room.
* Leave larger expensive or breakable objects at home, if at all possible. If you must bring them, store them in the closet and out of the way of the cleaning crew.

By using your common sense and taking a few precautions while on the road, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from danger and hang on to your possessions. Hope this helps you with your safety when traveling.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab