Forty years ago, people had an average of 17 minutes to escape a burning home after the activation of a smoke alarm. Today, they have about three minutes due to synthetic furnishings, open floor plans and lightweight construction.
The Close Before You Doze campaign features a website that includes safety tips and resources, fire facts and other campaign related news and information.
“Our research clearly shows that closed doors dramatically decrease heat and CO levels, which provide trapped occupants more time for help to arrive,” said Steve Kerber, UL Director of Firefighter Safety Research. “Closing your doors is especially important at night when people are vulnerable and disoriented, with little time to react. It’s such a simple thing to do, and the result can be life versus death.”
For more information, visit closeyourdoor.org.