Summer travel safety tips

POSTED: 8:37 AM May 30 2013   UPDATED: 5:38 PM May 30 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The state fire marshal's office is sharing some hotel safety tips for Tennessee travelers this summer.

Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says hotels and motels become a home away from home for travelers, and it's important for them to become familiar with new surroundings and have a plan in place should an emergency arise.

Some safety suggestions include choosing a hotel equipped with both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers, reading the escape plan posted in the room, and keeping a flashlight near the bed.