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Don't let a hotel mishap ruin your vacation with your kids

Spring break, summer or any other time of the year that you get to travel, you could stay in one of Georgia's many hotels even if you live somewhere in the state. Whether you prefer room service with a chocolate on your pillow or a more family-oriented hotel with an indoor pool, there is something for everyone.

With all of the fun you could have, you still need to keep safety in mind, especially if you bring your children. Hotels do bear responsibility for the safety of their guests, but you may not trust the hotel you stay in to take on that job alone.

So, what can you do to keep you and your kids safe?

The following tips could increase the chances of you having a fun -- and safe -- stay at your hotel:

  • Use the deadbolt and latch on your hotel room door at all times. Keep the windows, the door to the adjoining room (if there is one) and patio door locked as well.
  • Stay together on the elevator, if there is one. The more floors there are, the greater the chances are of becoming separated, which could put your children in jeopardy.
  • Use the hotel safe for any valuables you don't want to keep on you when you aren't in your room.
  • If you need to use one of the hotel's cribs, make sure it is safe for your child. Check its construction and condition before using it.
  • Look around the room for anything that could cause you or your children harm, such as frayed wiring. If you have an infant, call ahead to see what types of baby-proofing equipment it provides, if any.
  • Look for bugs, including bedbugs. They are a sign that the hotel isn't exactly up to snuff in the cleanliness department, and you and your family could get sick.
  • You may want to bring your own sanitary wipes and other products to keep from contracting an illness from bacteria, viruses and more.
  • Pay attention to the hotel's evacuation plan in case there is a fire or some other emergency, and you have to get out of the hotel quickly.
  • Keep an eye out for danger. The hotel's security systems may not be enough to keep you from becoming the victim of an assault, robbery or worse.

More than anything else, you need to employ your common sense. If you feel that something just isn't right, listen to your instincts. Keep your eyes open. If taking these measures isn't enough and you do suffer a loss, injuries or both while staying at a hotel, you may have legal options to pursue the compensation you deserve.

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