Close Before You Doze – See the Dramatic Difference a Door Can Make


[glass breaks] Oh my gosh! That is insane. In the event of a fire who here thinks
that you’re safer sleeping with the
doors open? I keep them open because
I was a mom for so long. My kid’s room is two
doors down from mine. Always open. I’m not all that confident they
would stop anything anyway. Harold, hey. Ben. Ben, nice to meet you. Harold, have a seat. Okeydokie. Hi, nice to meet you guys. Hello. I’m right here? Chris, how are you? Great. As you think about fire safety,
what keeps you up at night? I’m not too concerned. I probably don’t think about a
fire threat as much as I should because I do forget to turn
things off often. Have you ever been through one? A fire? No. We told you that you’d be
coming here today for discussion. But what we didn’t tell you is that there is also
a demonstration that we want to show you. Sound good? I want to introduce you to Steve, the director of the UL Firefighter
Safety Research Institute. I’ll let Steve take it away. Welcome. My job is to lead a
team of people that study how fire
grows and spreads so we can keep you safe. Here at the Delaware County Emergency
Services Training Center we essentially turn this
place into a laboratory. We’ve got several structures
around here that we build to simulate where you live. And one of those structures is
right here behind me. What I want you to do is
I want to take you inside here and I want you to see how
this looks like your home. And then once we get you outside,
we’re going to go ahead and recreate what would happen
if there was a fire in this structure right here. Look pretty normal? Got some furnishings… You’ll notice the difference down here. As we walk down… This bedroom door will be closed. And the one at the end of
the hall will be open. And what I want you to
do is pay attention to the comparison of the
two of those and think about you
and your family trying to survive this fire. Alright, we just
hit the button. We have ignition. Oh boy, there she goes. Oh man, that is scary. It’s scary right? Look, we got smoke coming
out over here already. What a lot of people
don’t realize is that the furnishings that are
in our homes today are made of synthetic materials so they burn so much
faster than your old natural cotton-filled
furnishings used to be. The statistics that we’ve seen
through our research is about 40 years ago you had about 17 minutes
to get out of your house after the smoke alarm sounded. Now you have less than
three minutes. Holy crap. See, this is the things we were… [glass breaks] Oh my gosh! Whoa! Can you feel that? How can you survive that? Seriously… That is insane. Alright, go ahead
and knock it down. Alright as you remember. Closed door on the left. Open door on the right. And you can see the
dramatic difference between the two with a
simple closed door. We want people to be
as prepared as possible and understand the importance
of how little time you have and what that simple barrier
can provide to you and your family should
you have a fire. I want you guys to throw some
hard hats on and some safety glasses and at least poke your heads
into the windows or you could even walk
in the hallway if you want. Give me a word or phrase
to describe what you just saw. Anxiety. Frightening. Terrifying. I really didn’t expect
anything like this. Now I’ll ask you one last time, in the event of a fire, are you safer
sleeping with the doors open or the doors closed? Without a doubt,
the door closed. Definitely with the
doors closed. From now on, the
doors will be shut at night.
[laughs] Definitely closed. Closed. Definitely closed. And, I’m
surprised by it. It’s always great to be able
to get the message out When we can take
our research and get it out into
the community to change behavior. With the message of
close before you doze it feels great and hopefully
we can save lives. If there was one bit of
advice that you could give friends and family today
what would it be? Close before you doze. Close before you doze. Close before you doze. Close before you doze. Close before you doze. The key fire safety messages
we want people to have are: One, have working smoke alarms in
every level of your home – inside and outside – every sleeping room. We want everybody
to have an escape plan. Should you have a fire, you should
know how to get out quickly. And if you can’t get
out quickly, having a closed door between
you and where that fire is is critical to your survival.

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