Close Before You Doze Campaign
The "Close Before You Doze" Campaign is a movement started by the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) 's Fire Safety Research Institute. The campaign was started to help save lives and property in the event of a fire in your home. In older "legacy" style homes that were constructed with true "dimensional" lumber and were furnished with real wood furniture and natural upholstery, the average time available to escape a house fire was 17-24 minutes. With today's modernly constructed and furnished homes, that time has decreased by 87%! The average time available to safely escape a fire in a new construction home is 2-3 minutes. This is where the campaign comes in. UL's FSRI did a test to determine if it was safer to sleep with bedroom doors closed or with them open. The test concluded that it is much safer to sleep with your bedroom doors closed.
"On October 8, 2017, for Fire Prevention Week, the UL Firefighter Safety Research institute
re-purposed one of their test structures to demonstrate the importance
of closing your bedroom door at night. This video shows the test that was conducted,
and how a closed door can keep you safe and buy you time by acting as a protective barrier
in the case of a fire."