UL’s “Close Your Door” pledge aims to increase awareness of a new preventive measure that helps increase fire victim survivability. A news release issued this week states that after a decade, UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute found that a simple behavioral change–closing your bedroom door–could have a potentially life-saving impact. A room with an open door showed temperatures over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while a room with a closed door had temperatures at only 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Research also showed that a closed door kept room conditions survivable longer than an open door.
Earlier this year, the NFPA Educational Messages Advisory Committee modified its messaging around sleeping with the door closed. The updated messaging states: “A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.” New research shows that fires burn faster today as a result of the way newer homes are built and the contents in the homes. This led to a reexamination of safety messaging around sleeping with the doors closed.
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