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.
With the increased use of synthetics in furniture and home construction, closing the door could make all the difference in getting out safely. The average time to escape a home fire has decreased from 17 minutes to just three minutes or less in the past few decades due to flammable materials and contemporary open floor plans.
It's not only about a lack of awareness. Most people who sleep with the door open do so because they mistakenly believe it'ssafer — but it's the exact opposite of what firefighters recommend. That's why the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has launched a new public safety effort to coincide with National Fire Prevention Week, going on right now.
The Close Before You Dozecampaign aims to share how closed doors can help save people's lives. In one eye-opening demonstration, the group showed how a fire burns in a secured room versus an open one. The side-by-side video footage reveals what an impact a door can make.
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.