Few scenarios are as terrifying as the thought of dealing with a fire — let alone while traveling. Whether you are in tight confines, like those of a cruise ship or a high-rise hotel, or in the forest when a wildfire breaks out, it is easy to get intimidated and overwhelmed.
Before you go …
Before traveling anywhere, and as a regular routine at home, make sure to run through proper fire procedures with the entire family. Having regular fire drills, even in the familiarity of home, can make kids more comfortable with the idea of disaster striking.
The most important thing when confronted with any type of emergency is maintaining a level head. Taking all the lessons you have learned and instilled in your children and putting them to use will go a long way. Things like stop, drop and roll and feeling door temperatures before walking through can go a long way in keeping the family safe.
At the Hotel …
The first thing you should do when checking into a hotel room with the family is take a look at the fire escape plan. This can usually be found on the back of the door, and it details the best way to reach safety in the event of an emergency. After getting into the room and before settling in, make sure to take a look at the plan with the entire family. If the route is not especially clear, take a minute to walk it to the prescribed spot for safety.
If any of the routes are confusing, ask the front desk for advice. Also be sure to ask where certain pieces of equipment, like potential fire extinguishers, are if that information isn’t clear. Modern hotels have safety precautions built in.
Make sure the family follows proper safety procedure, no matter where you are. In hotel rooms, unplug personal devices when they are not in use and be careful with the in-room appliances like hair dryers and irons.
When camping, much of this responsibility will fall on the parents. Camping, typically involving fire itself, doesn’t need to be any extra dangerous. Make sure the fire is contained in a designated space. Before bed, make sure the flame is appropriately and completely extinguished, including any small embers and live coals.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.