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Unless you are expecting a visitor, called for room service, or called for housekeeping to deliver something, do not open the door to your room without verifying identity. It's very easy for a criminal to enter most hotels, take an elevator to a random floor, then knock and be admitted. Then what are you going to do? If someone says they're maintenance, call the desk to see if they sent someone up. Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door when you leave the room; this will dissuade most people from trying to enter illicitly. They usually want your things, not you.
Do not open your door to strangers. Use the security viewport to see who is outside your door. Do not trust someone claiming to be a hotel employee if you are not expecting one. If you are unsure, call the front desk to check. Leave the security chain engaged while opening the door for further protection.
Try to get a room on floors 2-7, this will keep you safe from most outside break-ins, and is within reach of fire ladders. Always feel the inside of your door to determine whether it is hot before opening it. If it is hot, do not open it! Wet towels and stuff them around the door to help keep smoke out. If the building outside your window is clear of flames, open or break the window and signal someone outside to your presence,
Each time you prepare to leave, check all windows and doors in your room to make sure they are closed and locked and then check to make sure your door is not hot before opening. If the door is hot there probably is a fire on the other side. Pull the alarm and call the operator or front desk to report it. Wait for instructions. Relax as much as possible. Panic can be your biggest enemy during emergencies. If the door is not hot simply pull the door completely closed behind you as you leave. Make sure the latch has engaged. Take a moment before you leave to try the door and make sure it is closed and locked.