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Columbia Fire Department: Close before you doze in case of fire

The state of Missouri has had 46 civilian fire fatalities reported from January 1- July 30. Columbia Fire Department is reminding residents the difference just closing one's door can make in a fire. (Gabriella Nuñez/KRCG 13)

Columbia Fire Department is informing residents the difference closing one's door can do in a fire.

According to an educational video on the department Facebook page, having a bedroom door closed can protect belongings inside even when temperatures reach 1,000 degrees. Having one's door closed makes a 900 degree difference in a fire.

The department cites closeyourdoor.org when offering these safety tips.

According o the website, fire spreads faster than ever before. Forty years ago, residents had about 17 minutes to escape a fire. Because of synthetic materials, furniture and construction, residents now have about three minutes to escape a house fire. A closed door can slow the spread of flames and reduce toxic smoke levels.

Closing one's door does not only buy time but the action can keep one safe. When a door is closed, researchers learned 1/100th of carbon monoxide enters a room. Keeping a door closed helps maintain breathable oxygen levels as well.

The UL's Firefighter Safety Research Institute reports about half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. A closed door has made the difference between life and death, according to their research.

The U.S. Fire Administration collects data on residential fire fatalities based on news media reports. According to their reports, the state of Missouri has had 46 civilian fire fatalities reported from January 1- July 30.



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