Mar 13, 2010 8:39 PM
Just days after the Regency Inn Motel fire in Chico, officials are reminding both motel owners and residents to make sure they have working smoke detectors. "The best defense for that is to make sure they are maintained and tested monthly by pushing the test button, also to make sure they have fresh batteries by changing them every six months, at daylight savings time change your clock and your batteries," Chico Fire Department Inspector Marie Fictert said.
The Regency Inn had working smoke detectors and everyone staying there was able to get out safely when the early morning fire broke out, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, 11 people died and more than 140 people were injured in hotel and motel fires from 2002 to 2005. Fickert says there are steps to take to make sure you are safe when away from home. "The best way to do that is to memorize how many doors your room and the nearest evacuation exit, remember to count before you go to bed and always travel with a flashlight."
In the case of an emergency, always take the stairs, not the elevator, and if you can, pull the fire alarm on your way out.
Employees at the Holiday Inn in Chico take pride in making sure their smoke detectors are working and that all fire exit signs remain lit. "We always take safety and security as a first priority issue and I have my maintenance supervisor Alfonso take care of that very well, that is a top priority for our incoming guests," explained Holiday Inn Chico General Manager Vasant Lad.
Damage to the Regency Inn is estimated at about 20,000 dollars.