The Crookston Fire Department is providing tips for Fire Prevention Week this week. Today’s tip is to close your door before you go to bed to slow the spread of fire from Crookston Firefighter Brian Hanson. “Firefighters across the country are encouraging you to close before you doze urging families to shut bedroom doors before going to sleep,” said Hanson. “Nearly 60 percent of people sleep with their bedroom door open according to a recent survey. That simple choice could mean life or death in the event of a house fire as a closed-door can slow the spread of flames, reduce toxic smoke, improve oxygen levels, and decrease temperatures. Start making it a habit to close not only your bedroom door at night but your kids as well. It’s also a good time to test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide. And review your family’s escape plan. These small precautions could make all the difference. If you have any questions about detectors, making an escape plan, or close before you doze, call the fire hall at 281-4584.”
FIRE PREVENTION FACTS
- One-third of Americans (33%) mistakenly believe it is safer to have their bedroom door open in the event of a fire, and 40% believe rooms with open doors are more breathable in the event of a fire.
- People are changing their behavior, evidenced by an increase in Americans who sleep with the door closed because they believe it is safer in case of a fire – up to 25% in 2019 from 17% in 2018.
- When people hear the “Close Before You Doze” message, they make real change with 91% of Americans who have seen or read about the campaign sharing that they now close the doors in their house before going to sleep.
- 59% of Americans have a fire escape plan, but 43% have reviewed it once or never at all.
- Most Americans (62%) have one to three working smoke alarms in their house, but only 23% check them once a month, the recommended frequency.