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Grand Strand hotels reveal fire safety plan

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - When it comes to hotel fire safety, Springmaid Beach Resort on Ocean Blvd learned just how important smoke detectors are, after a small electrical fire broke out in the boiler room this past summer.

"We had to clear all those rooms out of people that were right around it and move them to a different property," says Donald Hovis, the marketing manager for the establishment.

That's why the resort says it follows a detailed preventative maintenance program with a 300 item checklist, ensuring that everything from electric outlets to appliances inside guest rooms are safe to use. When it comes to smoke detectors, Hovis says housekeeping plays a critical role.

"Upon the departure of each one of our guests, housekeeping is instructed to check the smoke detector for safety to make sure it's still in working condition," states Hovis.

It's a safety measure more hotels are starting to do. In Georgetown, the fire department has teamed up with hotels requiring cleaning staff to check smoke detectors after each guest checks out of the room. The staff also leaves a card stating the test has been done for the next occupant to see.

While Myrtle Beach doesn't require it, the fire department says it's been working with hotels for years on getting housekeeping to check the devices, and the fire marshal says he's confident Grand Strand hotels are ensuring guests' safety.

Studies show that working smoke detectors cut your chance of dying in a fire by half. Several hotels we checked with along Ocean Boulevard say they check them regularly. Hovis says following this summer's small fire, they learned another valuable lesson.

"One of the most important steps in fire safety is making sure your equipment is up to date," advises Hovis.

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