Ohio fire marshal launches ‘safe stay’ hotel designations
The designation aims to inform the public of hotels that have passed intensive safety inspections
By FireRescue1 Staff
BOARDMAN, Ohio — The Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office recently released a “safe stay” designation, informing the public on whether or not hotels have passed state safety inspections.
The designation aims to inform the public of hotels that have passed intensive safety inspections and are not prone to illegal activities, reported WFMJ.
“The program is really an incentive program that will reward those who are in continual compliance and it will hopefully incentivize those who are borderline and bring their facilities into full compliance and maintain that on a continual basis,” official Tracie Boyd said.
Hotel fires pose a serious threat to the public and firefighters, as they are often made of wood and concrete.
"If there would be a fire in the building, the alarm would catch it quickly and if there are flames hopefully the sprinklers will hold it to a small fire until we are able to get inside with our hose lines," Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer said.
In order to qualify for the designation, hotels must be free of safety violations for 24 consecutive months and free of any nuisance violations for 60 consecutive months.
Currently, only 43 hotels in the state have the designation.