Millions of people travel to Las Vegas every year but very few know about a clue to a secret of Las Vegas that can be seen in every hotel room in the city. I was recently asked by someone that had just come back from a trip in Las Vegas as to why hotel room windows in the city can old be opened between six and eight inches.
To start out the answer to why Las Vegas windows can only be opened six to eight inches, one must look at the fact that most hotel rooms in the city are very high off of the ground. Depending on the room, you might see thousands of travelers walking directly under your window.
If something were to drop out of your hands (either on accident or on purpose), someone down below could be seriously injured, or even killed as the object accelerates from the height. By limiting the amount of space that a person can open a window in a Las Vegas hotel significantly reduced this issue.
Next, there was a period of time in which many people were injured, or killed, in Las Vegas when they tried to dive into the pools from their hotel windows. There were a few movies back in the late 1960s and in the 1970s that gave people the idea. By limiting the range of motion from the hotel room windows, Las Vegas casinos were able to limit this issue as well.
The final reason is one that you will be hard-pressed to find hard statistical proof for, but the argument is still logically sound. Las Vegas does not want word out that it is one of the suicide capitals of the world. For years, people through themselves from Las Vegas hotel room windows after betting the farm, and loosing it. Many others caused their own end after being filled with guilt after cheating on a spouse in Sin City.
Reducing the amount that you can open a window in Las Vegas has considerably reduced the amount of suicides that have plagued the city for years. This has also significantly reduced the injuries that were caused to spectators that were struck by a falling body.
Some casinos have been trying to come up with different ways of blocking the windows so that they can be opened all of the way, but can still block a person from doing something that could cause harm. To this point, suggestions of bars on the outsides of the windows, cut-proof screens, and other options have mostly been blocked by fire departments in Las Vegas since they could prevent the saving of someone in the case of a fire.
The next time you are in Las Vegas, see how far the window opens in your room. You might be surprised at how right this article is. You can share with your traveling companion the information that you know as to why Las Vegas windows do not open very far.