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Trip-and-fall not the only grounds for premises liability

Why can't hotel guests open the windows in their rooms completely in California and across the United States? A security consultant says that, in the majority of states, building codes contain restrictions on how wide hotel windows may open in order the make rooms more secure. Windows that only open slightly make trip\-and\-fall accidents through them nearly impossible.

However, this is not the only motivation for the restrictions. Open windows also cause the doors to rooms to slam shut, especially if the hotel has an atrium. Many of these doors are very heavy and can cause serious injury to fingers and hands that might just be in the way. Smokers also try to open windows nice and wide to evade smoke detectors and then get rid of their cigarettes by flicking them through the open window. This habit can be hazardous.

While many will think that windows that do not open fully pose a hazard in case of fire, the opposite is true, especially on higher floors. Many hotels have more than 10 floors and fire-truck ladders seldom reach higher than that. Thus, forcing guests to use the emergency stairways will be a much safer option than if the guests tried to escape through the windows.

There are still older hotels with balconies, sliding doors and windows which open fully, but modern hotels rely upon inoperable windows. There are a number of reasons for this, not all safety-related. However, it does have safety benefits.

It is true that inoperable windows are not the only hazards in a hotel. Trip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere in a hotel or other commercial establishment, but they are also not the only accidents that can happen. Californian hotel guests who suffer serious injury due to hotel negligence have the choice to file a premises liability claim for monetary damages. A successfully litigated claim in civil court may result in an award of financial damages.     

Source:, "Why Don't Hotel Room Windows Open?", Lizbeth Scordo, Nov. 6, 2017

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