Lots of things are different now than they were 40 years ago but a surprising difference is the amount of time you have to get out of your home in the event of a fire. Forty years ago you used to have a leisurely 17 minutes to get out safely. Today, you have less than three minutes. It’s largely because of all the synthetic materials we use in our homes these days, which tend to burn much faster. But there is something you can do to help counteract this.
Close your bedroom door when you go to bed.
If a fire breaks out in your home in the middle of the night, you’re already at a disadvantage because you’re sleeping, leading to the statistics that about half of home fire deaths take place between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Closing the door to your bedroom can make a 900 degree difference in temperature between inside your bedroom and outside where the fire is. It also significantly lowers the amount of carbon monoxide that you come in contact with. And yes, you should also make sure your child’s bedroom door at night as well.
Close before you doze!