It is always good common sense to keep the following safety tips in mind when traveling:
- Always lock the front and/or patio doors when inside a hotel room and before leaving. Use the safety chain/lock for security.
- Never open the hotel room door unless you know who is there. If you did not call for the service offered by the person at the door, call hotel security or the front desk to see if they have sent someone to your room.
- Place valuables in a safety deposit box in your room or at the safe in the hotel office. Do not leave valuables in your car.
- When checking into a hotel, consult the floor plan map on the back of your room door to familiarize yourself with fire and emergency exits.
- When driving, keep all car doors locked.
- Give or pin your cell phone number to children in case you are separated.
- For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
Florida's Safety Belt Law
- All front seat occupants must buckle up, even if the vehicle is equipped with an air bag.
- Passengers under the age of 18 must be belted in either the front or back seat of the vehicle.
- Passengers 18 years of age or older may be individually fined if they are not buckled up.
- Children aged 5 and under must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat.
Outdoor/Wildlife Safety Considerations
Whether it's beautiful Sandhill Cranes or the elusive Florida Panther, Central Florida's animal population is diverse and plentiful. However, visitors must take safety precautions while in any outdoor setting. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (www.myfwc.com), the following tips should be kept in mind:
- Feeding, harassing or provoking wildlife of any kind, especially bears and alligators, should be avoided.
- State law prohibits the killing, possession or harassment of alligators.
- Alligators are not just found in the wild, but in lakes, rivers and marshes (even in residential neighborhoods and around golf courses). When near any type of fresh or brackish water, be aware of the possibility of alligators as well as snakes.
- Never leave children or pets unsupervised near water, and do not swim at night or in areas not designated for swimming.