Safety Tip: Close Your Bedroom Door at Night
It could mean the difference between life and death in a house fire
Half of all fire deaths in the United States happen at night when most people are asleep, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. You can increase your odds of surviving a house fire by doing one simple thing: Close your bedroom door before you go to sleep.
A shut door keeps smoke and heat out of the room longer, buying you extra seconds or even minutes to plan a way out of the room and out of the house.
In the video below, a test conducted by UL, a global independent safety company, demonstrates the importance of this safety move. Researchers lit a fire in a building with two upstairs bedrooms. They left one bedroom door open and closed the other one. As a fire rages, the bedroom with the open door fills with thick, black smoke. Nearly two minutes later, smoke seeps into the bedroom with the closed door.
This advice may give parents pause — what if you have a baby or young child in the house, and you need to hear her at night? Get a baby monitor, experts say. That way you can still keep an ear out.