It’s Halloween… ghouls, goblins, and skeletons roam the land and try to wreak havoc on the living and disturb your precious assets. It’s hard enough protecting your assets on a daily basis from weather damage, normal wear and tear, and the heavy duty breakdowns; it’s even harder when candy, costumes, and scary creatures are involved. Protect your hotel facility this Halloween and protect your guests from unexpected injuries.

Standard Hotel Safety Checklist with a Twist

Every hotel or facility should have a checklist of items that need to be inspected on a regular basis; these hotel maintenanceinspection items cover some of the basic safety needs of guests such as:

  1. Operating elevators so you don’t run into a ghostly creature in the stairwell.
  2. Working HVAC. Some costumes with mask can be very hot. It is entirely possible that someone wearing such a costume becomes overheated.
  3. Functioning emergency doors and alarms. Front desk or security personnel should always be alerted when guests travel through time locked doors.
  4. Common area asset preventive maintenance such as loose railings, rips in the carpet, loose tiles, lighting, and more.
  5. Room maintenance, working lights, doors, inspect for electrical issues to keep the monster away.
  6. Outside maintenance: Depending on your geographical location this could be pool cleaning, pot holes in the parking lots, or regular debris.
  7. Make sure all emergency equipment like fire extinguishers are full and operational.
  8. Fixing electrical shorts and making sure all exit signs are properly lit.

All of the above items can be scheduled for inspection using a CMMS program. Using a CMMS will organize these tasks for engineers and also show proof of presence to managers that these tasks are being inspected and fixed.

Hotels and resorts can increase the speed of maintenance inspections even further by integrating the use of handheld devices. Mobile handheld devices are an integral part of a modern CMMS solution. The use of handheld devices virtually eliminates paper while also allowing management to have real time results at their fingertips as completed work is transmitted back to management.

Halloween Extra Inspections and Preventive Maintenance

Extra inspections especially around Halloween are crucial since people could be concealing themselves with masks and cause unnecessary damage to your property and assets.

A watchful eye should be kept on masked people roaming around the hotel, late night costumed arrivals, and for Halloween mischief. These efforts will help address the number one complaint of hotel guests (noise) as well as keep the premises safer. Some of the extra inspections include:

  • Make sure all security cameras are working in entrances, at exits, halls and parking lots. Masked persons need to be watched for unusual loitering or activity.
  • Security services need to be fully manned to identify potential criminals or suspicious activity. Inspect all handheld communication devices to make sure they are in working order.
  • Inspect for hotel signage that states no one will be allowed entry wearing a mask. Halloween costumes provide a natural cover for criminals looking to steal or create havoc.
  • Inspect and monitor parking areas for mischief.
  • Securing all assets that can be tossed into trees, pools or common areas.
  • Inspect all bathrooms near bars and common areas to make sure there are no safety hazards or leaks and that they are free of standing water. Party goers have a tendency to be careless and in a hurry in bathrooms.

Non-standard Inspections with CMMS

One of the nice things about a Hotel CMMS solution is that unusual or periodic inspections can be set up and called upon only when needed. For example, special inspections for Halloween, a hotel hurricane checklist, or preparing for a major sporting event coming to town can be entered and selected as needed or on a scheduled basis. This makes sure that there is always a history of inspections and maintenance available.

When it comes to guest safety, the value of an accurate maintenance history is priceless. Should an accident occur resulting in a lawsuit against the hotel or resort, proof of consistent good maintenance practices may mitigate some of the liability of the hotel.

May all of you stay safe this Halloween from our family at Mintek to yours!