Hotel balconies could pose dangers for guests -

Hotel balconies could pose dangers for guests

A number of people fall to their deaths from hotel balconies each year in the U.S.

In response to this growing trend, many hotels are now surrounding their balconies with plexiglass to ensure they are safer for guests, especially small children.

Across the country, there have been a number of reports involving people who died after falling from hotel balconies.

America Now spotted the balcony safety features at hotels along The Grand Strand in the vacation hot spot of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

We found things like plexiglass surrounding some balconies as well as tall, metal railings.

"There's not a lot of places for the children to put their hands or fingers through, and it's hard to climb because it's just one slick piece," said the manager with these safety features.

Recently, a North Carolina woman died after falling from the fourteenth floor of a resort in Myrtle Beach.

According to the International Building Code, hotel balcony railings are required to be at least 42 inches high.

"You've really gotta be standing on something else to get over them," the hotel manager said.

Each rail or post, should be no further than four inches apart.

They must also be made to withstand a strong load, meaning the railings shouldn't move if someone pushes against them.

Despite all these laws designed to protect you, some travelers say they still take extra measures to be safe.

"I'm always very cautious," said tourist Barbara Bridges. "I sort of rattle it, make sure it's sturdy, but I usually stay away from it."

No matter what type of railing is on your balcony, always use caution. You should never climb on the railing, or hoist someone else up there to sit.

Officials say a number of people killed in these type of accidents were intoxicated prior to tumbling off their hotel balcony.

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