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#283689 - 02/08/17 09:11 PM Re: Hotel Fire [Re: Fyrediver]
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
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Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: Fyrediver
Responding to alarms for a living has given me a lot of experience on the topic. If there IS a significant fire you'll be outside for a VERY long time, most likely counted in days not hours.


That changes the equation a lot. I always assumed that we would be let back in after a few (2-3) hours to retrieve our belongings. With several days, the requirements change from near EDC to closer to a true bug-out situation. Cash, medications, travel and ID documents, etc.
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#283698 - 02/09/17 07:29 AM Re: Hotel Fire [Re: chaosmagnet]
Quietly_Learning Offline
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Registered: 05/29/12
Posts: 155
Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
...I also leave a flashlight on in ultralow mode on the dresser where I set the contents of my pockets...


To find my stuff and to evacuate quickly I put strips or circles of the 24 hr glow in the dark tape:

https://www.findtape.com/JVCC-GLW-24-Ultra-Premium-Glow-in-the-Dark-Tape/p426/?cid=18&idx=26&tid=1&info=Safety%2520%2526%2520Glow%2520Tape

And a microprismatic retroreflective tape:

https://www.findtape.com/shop/results.aspx?keywords=Reflective+

(The microprismatic tapes reflect much brighter than standard reflective tapes. (I've experimented and there is a big difference between the two types.))

On my flashlights/headlights, keys, and anything else I need to find quickly in the dark. (Including the door and light switch)

I cut the circles either with a 3 hole sized punch or with a 1/2" or 1" craft store hole puncher.

The items get placed under the light of my home nightstand or the furniture in the hotel nearest the bed with a light. They will glow all night with a few minutes under the light.

Once I grab the flashlight/headlight I can shine the light around and everything pops out at me. The circles on the door and light switch are removed and reused with double-sided tape.

Standard disclaimer: happy customer only. I bought the glow tape from them. I have lots of different reflective tapes from multiple sources.

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#283703 - 02/10/17 01:27 AM Re: Hotel Fire [Re: Fyrediver]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2639
Originally Posted By: Fyrediver
If there IS a significant fire you'll be outside for a VERY long time, most likely counted in days not hours.


In my most recent situation I had car keys, a car with a great heater and a tank of gas, and a credit card. I'd have been in a new hotel room quite quickly laugh.

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#283704 - 02/10/17 01:41 PM Re: Hotel Fire [Re: Quietly_Learning]
bacpacjac Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3513
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Great idea, QL! Thanks for sharing it! I've been working on making new reflective lanyards for key items, but a glow in the dark dot will work better for some things, and wouldn't hurt any of them.

Originally Posted By: Quietly_Learning


To find my stuff and to evacuate quickly I put strips or circles of the 24 hr glow in the dark tape:

https://www.findtape.com/JVCC-GLW-24-Ultra-Premium-Glow-in-the-Dark-Tape/p426/?cid=18&idx=26&tid=1&info=Safety%2520%2526%2520Glow%2520Tape

And a microprismatic retroreflective tape:

https://www.findtape.com/shop/results.aspx?keywords=Reflective+

(The microprismatic tapes reflect much brighter than standard reflective tapes. (I've experimented and there is a big difference between the two types.))

On my flashlights/headlights, keys, and anything else I need to find quickly in the dark. (Including the door and light switch)

I cut the circles either with a 3 hole sized punch or with a 1/2" or 1" craft store hole puncher.

The items get placed under the light of my home nightstand or the furniture in the hotel nearest the bed with a light. They will glow all night with a few minutes under the light.

Once I grab the flashlight/headlight I can shine the light around and everything pops out at me. The circles on the door and light switch are removed and reused with double-sided tape.

Standard disclaimer: happy customer only. I bought the glow tape from them. I have lots of different reflective tapes from multiple sources.
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#283707 - 02/10/17 02:33 PM Re: Hotel Fire [Re: chaosmagnet]
Russ Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4411
Loc: SOCAL
Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
Originally Posted By: Fyrediver
If there IS a significant fire you'll be outside for a VERY long time, most likely counted in days not hours.


In my most recent situation I had car keys, a car with a great heater and a tank of gas, and a credit card. I'd have been in a new hotel room quite quickly laugh.
It seems that if you have your clothes layed out and prepared (pocket carry in place) and you have a light of any kind to get dressed efficiently, and then just grab your hotel go-bag, a hotel evacuation could be taken in stride. Gone before the firetrucks arrive? Probably not.

Which got me thinking about my choice in luggage. From a hotel stay perspective, what does a go-bag look like? Samsonite with wheels? Backpack? Carry-on or bigger?

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#283713 - 02/11/17 12:35 AM Re: Hotel Fire [Re: chaosmagnet]
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2695
Loc: La-USA
In my case, my go bag may be my 135LBS handicapped daughter. It has happened once before.
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