Travelodge Tackle Window Safety
The Travelodge hotel group has installed Jackloc window restrictors in all its 20,000 UK hotel rooms. Speaking at the end of an intensive, six-month installation programme that saw Jacklocs fitted to every window – bedrooms, corridors and other areas accessible to guests – across Travelodge’s 300-plus estate, Facilities Manager, Mike Lea, said that Jackloc had been installed “to remove any shred of doubt about guest safety.”
“More than 70 per cent of our windows were already fitted with restrictor mechanisms but guests could easily tamper with them and even by-pass them completely and posed a clear risk to their safety. Fitting Jackloc restrictors removes that risk because they are robust and cannot be by-passed,” he said. Several accidents in recent months involving falls from windows in hotels, including that of a guest who miraculously survived a fall from the 17th floor of a hotel in Minneapolis, have highlighted an issue that rarely grabs headlines yet results in scores of serious injury accidents and several deaths every year in the UK. It’s an issue that the Health & Safety Executive has examined in the past but up-to-date statistics are difficult to come by and figures for the number of falls from windows are often combined with more general “falls from height” statistics. More than 100 hotel guests and employees were seriously injured in ‘falls from height’ during 2004 – 2005 and about a third of these involved falls from windows. Jackloc director, Emma Wells, said: “Travelodge is one of the biggest and best-known hotel brands in the country and it’s a great feather in our cap.” Jackloc will also be fitted in all Travelodge’s new hotels and others it acquires.