If you’re traveling to Miami, you’re probably staying at a hotel or some type of tourist accommodation. While some accommodations take care to provide a safe environment, you are staying with other people who are just passing through and there’s always a risk to personal safety.
To stay safer, make sure that you:
- Stay at a reputable hotel: While nontraditional accommodations are becoming more popular today, not everyone’s extra room being rented out short term has safety features. It may be best to stay at a proper hotel, especially if you’re travelling alone. If you do stay at a hotel, ask about all safety standards and safety precautions to make sure they are ready to keep you safe.
- Use a portable lock: You can purchase a portable hotel lock online. This is placed underneath your hotel door to prevent it from being opened. It’s an inexpensive security feature you can add to make any room a little bit harder to enter. Avoid trusting the door chain lock, as these are easily overcome by someone with enough force.
- Check the windows: When you first get your hotel room, check all the windows. Immediately report any unsafe or unsecured windows and ask to be moved to a safer room. Be especially cautious if you are on a lower floor or on a floor where your window is easily accessed by a shared balcony, awning, or any other surface outside.
- Know the safety amenities and use them: Always ask about safety features, such as the phone number for security personnel in the hotel. Use any safety features such as valet parking or free shuttle, if it is provided.
- Protect your privacy: Close the curtains when you are in the room to avoid people taking a look at your comings and goings. Similarly, put tissue paper in the peephole if the peephole is uncovered. You can also place a sticky note or piece of paper over the peephole to cover it. If you can see out, someone can see in, so this extra step protects your privacy and safety.
- Be in touch with someone from home: Check in with someone at the same time every day and make sure someone is expecting you to check in. This way, if anything does go wrong someone will know and be able to alert authorities.
Contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Miami premises liability attorney if you have been injured at a hotel or any tourist accommodations. Hotels and all tourist accommodations, even short-term rentals, can be held liable if they do not take proper precautions to keep you safe. Our legal team at Flaxman Law Group has more than 60 years of combined experience and can tell you whether you have a claim, can answer your questions, and can tell you how much your claim may be worth.