NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. We go on vacation to escape it all. Hotels and resorts offer a range of amenities for their guests, but beneath all the glitter and glamour, guests might find hidden dangers that can lead to serious injuries or illness. No one imagines getting sick or injured while on vacation, but the reality is that hotel rooms and resorts may have a host of hidden dangers. If you’ve been hurt while on vacation, a hospitality accident lawyer may be able to help you receive a recovery for your injuries and expenses. Contact The Bowling Law Firm in New Orleans today to learn more, if you’ve been hurt. If you’re planning your next vacation, here are five ways your next hotel room could be hazardous to your health:
- Watch the Remote. Unclean surfaces can lead to illness in hotel rooms. According to Smarter Travel, the surfaces we most fear—the bathtub, the toilet—may actually be the cleanest. It’s the surfaces that housekeepers may fail to clean that can carry the most germs. Watch out for light switches and remote controls. Bring disenfectant wipes to clean surfaces before you settle in.
- Bedbugs, if you get them from a hotel bed, can be incredibly expensive to eradicate if they migrate to your home. This doesn’t even begin to factor in the hassle of waking up every morning with bites. According to Jet Setter, you should always check bedding and furniture for bugs before you lie down or set down your luggage.
- Pool Dangers. Hotel swimming pools can be very dangerous, especially if small children can get into the pool area without proper supervision. Hotel properties should take precautions to ensure that children cannot get into the pool area without an adult—either by having fencing or keyed entry to these areas. Many hotel pools don’t have lifeguards on duty, so it is important to read all signs, know how to swim, and watch your children. Finally, improperly-maintained pools can be dangerous if chlorine levels are high. Watch for eye irritation or for a new cough after swimming. Pools can also lead to nasty infections, like pink eye or ear infections, if they are not cleaned. If a pool looks dirty, don’t swim.
- Breakfast Buffet. Everyone has probably heard about the Norovirus, that nasty stomach bug that seems to plague cruise ships. But, the Norovirus can also be found in hotels. Cold food, fresh fruit, and veggies are more likely to carry the bug. Wash fruit before you eat it, if frequenting the breakfast buffet.
- Uneven Surfaces, Broken Floors, Raised Rugs. Slipping and falling can lead to serious and even life-altering injuries. Hotel owners have a responsibility to maintain safe premises for their guests. If you’ve been injured due to hazardous conditions on a hotel property, contact the tourism industry lawyers at the Bowling Law Firm, at http://www.lawbowling.com.