Mindr, a new home fire safety device, was created by Joel Sellinger and Ben Docksteader. Joel, a firefighter, had seen for himself how a closed door can make a difference in a fire. When he realized an automatic door closer was not available for residences, he partnered with his friend and product development expert, Ben, to create one, and Mindr was born. Here is an interview with Joel about all of the reasons why Mindr came to be.
Be sure to give your family as much time as possible in an emergency by using smoke detectors.
Smoke detectors or smoke alarms are one of the best and most affordable ways to provide early warning when a fire begins. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) (https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Detection-and-Signaling/Smoke-Alarms-in-US-Home-Fires), the death rate reported in home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms as it was in homes with working smoke alarms. Be sure your home is protected.
If a fire strikes your home, would you and your loved ones know what to do? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) (www.nfpa.org), in 2014 there were an estimated 367,000 reported home structure fires in the U.S. and 2,745 associated deaths. Those numbers reinforce how having a clearly communicated escape plan drawn up before a fire happens can help prevent a tragedy.
If you or a loved one have never experienced a fire in your home, something like the Mindr fire safety device has probably never come up in conversation. Until now.
Since the introduction of Mindr, a small device that connects bedroom doors and smoke detectors to increase protection from fire, people have been purchasing units and installing them. Why? To keep their loved ones safe while they sleep. The Mindr mission is to slow fire growth, reduce damage, and create survivable space for people and pets who are unable to immediately escape.
Sure, the Mindr fire safety device sounds great. But how easy is it to install on a bedroom door? Easier than you might think. A Mindr device can be installed and ready in eight simple steps using just a screwdriver.
Is there someone on your holiday shopping list who has everything they need? Does that someone also have kids or pets? Are they a little tech-savvy? Then the Mindr™ fire safety device might be the perfect gift for them!
Joel Sellinger, firefighter, had seen for himself how a closed door can save a life in case of fire. When his six-year-old daughter kept opening her bedroom door at night, Joel began searching for a solution. He assumed an automatic door closer was readily available on the market, since hospitals and schools have similar systems.
When he realized that an automatic door closer was not available for residences, he partnered with his product manufacturing expert and friend Ben Docksteader to create one.
After many prototypes, they had created a product that worked, and the unit that is now Mindr was born.
Wildfires have grown increasingly more common in both frequency and size in recent years. That means more people and homes are affected by wildfire and smoke than in previous decades. Here’s what firefighters want you to know so you can keep your family and community safe.
Do you sleep with your bedroom door open or closed?
No one wants to think about a home catching on fire. But if it were to happen, there are ways to increase your and your family’s chance of survival.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, a house fire occurs somewhere in the United States every 88 seconds. Perhaps even more startling, innovations in home furnishings, layouts, and construction over the last 40 years have reduced the average time to escape a home fire from 17 minutes to three minutes or less.
Your nightly routine can (and should) include brushing your teeth, washing your face, and getting into comfy PJs. Still, new information shows that most Americans skip a crucial step before climbing into bed.
Nearly 60% of people sleep with their bedroom door open, according to a recent survey conducted by the safety science organization UL. That simple choice could mean life or death in the event of a house fire, as a closed door can slow the spread of flames, reduce toxic smoke, improve oxygen levels, and decrease temperatures.
Keeping your family safe is especially important when it comes to the danger of residential fires. We're most vulnerable to fire when we're asleep for several reasons:
We're less likely to notice a fire right away.
Today's home fires spread 600% faster today than they did 40 years ago.
It only takes a few breaths of smoke to become disoriented or even die.
50% of residential fires happen between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. Most people are asleep during these times.