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Fire safety in hotels

The safety of guests as well as of personnel is of paramount importance for the European hospitality industry. HOTREC, fully shares this concern.

As a clear demonstration of this commitment of the industry to provide safe services, HOTREC has developed a state-of-the-art methodology for fire safety in European hotels. This instrument entitled "Guidelines to fire safety in European hotels - Hotel Fire Safety MBS (Management, Building and Systems) Methodology” is meant to help hotels of all sizes across Europe achieving a high level of fire safety, in support of national/regional and local regulations and standards.

It is fully compatible with the objectives of the Council Recommendation 86/666/EEC, which are:
  • To reduce the risk of fire breaking out;
  • To prevent the spread of flames and smoke;
  • To ensure that all occupants are evacuated safely; and
  • To enable the emergency services to take action.
The final version of the MBS methodology was released in February 2010, and made available to all HOTREC national associations. HOTREC is actively promoting the MBS methodology to its membership. Currently, the MBS methodology is being promoted by HOTREC national associations in the following European countries: 
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Main HOTREC documents:

  • New European fire safety instrument gaining momentum within the hospitality industry  20 October 2011

  • MBS methodology - Guidelines to fire safety in European hotels   10 February 2010

    This document summarizes hotel fire safety into a set of simple and basic concepts, which any hotelier can easily understand and apply. It should serve as a useful tool for all parties voluntarily in search of guidance on fire safety.

  • HOTREC MBS methodology: a modern tool for fire safety in hotels in Europe!  10 February 2010