It's time for summer vacations, and many people fill up the nation's hotels -- either on their way to a vacation-spot destination or as the primary destination of their summer getaway.
When staying at a hotel or motel with children, it's wise to enforce the same safety and security rules you employ at home, such as:
Never allow a child to answer the door.
Keep children close to you when shopping, dining or checking in/out. Don't expect hotel or motel employees to be your free baby sitters.
Consider placing a tag with an emergency phone number inside your child's clothing in case you are separated.
Discuss with older children the evacuation plan posted in your room in case of a fire or other emergency.
Allow swimming only if a family member or lifeguard is supervising a child's activity.
Keep young children away from sliding doors and windows, especially if your room is not on the first floor.
Don't use crib or playpen equipment supplied by a hotel or motel that has loose hardware, tears or holes in the meshing. Soft bedding, and plush quilts, pillows or comforters can cause suffocation.