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Hotels in Florida must follow certain safety requirements

People from all around the world come to Florida to vacation every year. While they are vacationing, most will stay in one of the many hotels that line the various beaches and other tourist attractions. Even people who live in Florida will use the hotels for shorter getaways. While these people stay at these hotels, they have certain expectations as to the service they receive. Generally the more people pay, the more they will expect.

However, regardless of how much a person spends for a hotel room, every hotel owner, as a property owner, must follow certain safety requirements to ensure the safety of their customers. Specifically every hotel must ensure that there are functioning locks on every door that either goes outside, to the hallway or that connects another room.

Also, hotels that are three stories or higher must have railings on all balconies, stairs and platforms. These railings must be properly maintained by the hotel to ensure they function properly. The hotel must even report to the authorities that the railings are safe and secure every three years. If they fail to report, the authorities can issue penalties to the hotel.

Despite these requirements, some hotels do not follow them and patrons of the hotel may be injured. If this is the case, the victim may want to seek compensation from the hotel for the injuries he or she suffered.

Florida is a very popular spot for tourists, and there are many hotels to accommodate these people. Guests at hotels have certain expectations when they spend the night, and the law requires hotels to follow certain requirements in order to help ensure the guests' safety. If they do not, then they may be liable for the guests' injuries.

Source: Florida State Legislature, "Florida Statute 509.211" accessed on March 1, 2016

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