The article by Peter Greenberg (Jan. 18) about hotel/motel fires was very timely and contained much good advice. However, one item not mentioned that I have found helpful is the use of a portable battery-operated smoke alarm. These devices can be easily packed in a suitcase. Fire department personnel advise that the alarm be hung about top of door height near the room entrance. And to avoid false alerts that the battery be disconnected when it is being transported.
Even when using a smoke detector it is important to be aware of the location of an emergency exit, and the number of hall doors that must be passed to reach it.