Why you should always close the door before you go to bed

While some things are essential to our bedtime routine, we all have our own individual ways of preparing to hit the hay. But are you the type of person to sleep with your bedroom door open or closed?

It may sound like an irrelevant question, but your decision could mean the difference between life or death in the event of a house fire.

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According to experts, we should always sleep with our bedroom door closed. This is because a closed door can slow the spread of flames, reduce toxic smoke, improve oxygen levels, and decrease temperatures should a fire break out in your home. However despite this, a recent survey carried out by safety science organization UL, found that 60% of people in America have a habit of sleeping with their doors open.

For those who don’t know, the average time to escape a home fire has gone from 17 minutes to just three minutes or less in the past few decades due to flammable materials (such as the use of synthetics in furniture) and contemporary open floor plan houses.

To help raise awareness, a campaign titled ‘Close Before You Doze‘ has been launched in honour of National Fire Prevention Week, with an aim of educating others on how closed doors can help save lives. Especially, as many people actually tend to sleep with their doors open because they believe it is the safe option.

‘We empower trust and enable the safe adoption of innovation. Around the world, our employees share a common passion for our public mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people,’ their website reads. ‘Modern synthetic construction materials, home furnishings, and contemporary layouts allow fire to spread and become toxic much faster – like three-minutes-or-less-to-get-out faster.

‘But a closed door can slow the spread, reduce toxic smoke levels, improve oxygen levels and decrease temperatures dramatically – and that could make a life-saving difference in your home.’

We know what we’ll be doing tonight.