In case of fire, a closed door can isolate the fire’s flow, reduce room temperatures and keep carbon monoxide levels down. Close Before You Doze aims to make closing doors at night part of people’s bedtime routine. As a safety influencer, you can help share the benefits of this message as a potentially life-saving measure against fast-moving home fires.

You know how important it is to have working smoke alarms, escape plans, and a designated meeting place in case of a fire. But did you know that closing your doors in your home is also important for your safety? Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped.

Did You Know

Because of synthetic materials, furniture and construction, fire spreads faster than ever before.*

*NIST Technical Note 1455-1, February 2008

Close the Door Fire Safety- Tips

  • MAKE A 900 DEGREE DIFFERENCE – A closed door can mean reducing 1,000 degrees down to 100 degrees.

  • TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH – During a fire, a closed door can keep carbon monoxide
    levels at 1,000 PPM versus 10,000 PPM if the door is left open.

  • TAKE A BREATHER – A fire needs oxygen to burn. A closed door keeps more oxygen in the room and away from the fire. When you exit a fire, make sure to close your door behind you to slow down its growth.

  • DOZE SAFELY – 50% of house fires happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Closing your doors before you hit the hay helps keep you safe

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