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.
There are Fewer Fires These Days, but Fire-Related Deaths are Increasing
Since 2008, there have been fewer fires, but fire-related deaths have increased. Why?
Today's fires are more toxic:
- Poisonous gases produced by a fire can make you sleepy and disoriented. Toxic glasses and smoke kill more people in fires than flames do.
- Today’s homes are filled with synthetic materials that burn hotter, faster, and more toxic than ever before.
- Today's homes are more extensive, with more open floor plans that allow fires to grow and spread faster.
Sleep With Your Doors Closed
Closed doors slow down the spread of fire and the toxic smoke and gases that kill with a few breaths. They also reduce temperatures in a home fire, providing life-saving time for your family to escape or be rescued. A closed-door can mean your room only reaches 100 degrees; an open door can mean a room easily reaches 1,000+ degrees.
If You Can't Keep a Door Closed, Use Mindr™
Many people have essential reasons why they don't sleep with their door closed; for them, there's Mindr.
Install a Mindr device on the back of your bedroom doors. Mindr automatically shuts your doors during a fire, giving you more time to get out.
If You're in Your Bedroom and There's a Fire
Feel the closed bedroom door for heat. If it's hot, use a secondary escape such as a window. If the door is not hot, open slightly, and check to see if it is safe to exit the building. If it's safe, exit immediately. If the rest of the building is too hot or smoky, close the door and exit from the window.
If the bedroom is too high up, place clothing or a towel at the door's base to block smoke. Open a window and signal the responding fire crews by waving clothing or something visible.
Additional Ways to Stay Safe
- Install a fire ladder in rooms above the first floor.
- Check and test smoke alarms regularly.
- Have a family escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
- If there is a fire, get out and stay out.
Our Vision: To help protect family and loved ones and reduce property damage by closing doors automatically when a smoke alarm sounds.
Our Mission: To slow fire growth, reduce damage and create survivable space for people and pets who are unable to immediately escape.