During the early morning hours of June 21, 2018, we had a massive 2-alarm fire in our first due area (Oriole Place). The two adult occupants were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when the fire broke out on the first floor, engulfing the stairs, and trapping them upstairs. Thankfully, they were able to escape the fire by jumping from a second story window. Fire investigators believe the residents were able to escape the fire because they had slept with their bedroom door closed. Many of our residents may not have heard that sleeping with your door closed is a proven way to extend the livable conditions in your bedroom when a fire breaks out in your home.
The average time to escape your home when a fire breaks out is about 3 minutes. Closing your bedroom door can give you some extra time to escape the growing fire on the other side. A closed door can reduce the temperature in the room from 1,000 degrees down to 100 degrees. That's a 900 degree difference and is a difference between life and death. During a fire, a closed door can also keep carbon monoxide levels at 1,000 PPM vs 10,000 PPM if the door is left open. Also, a closed door keeps more oxygen in the room where you need it and away from the fire. When you exit a fire, make sure to close your door behind you to slow down its growth. As always, make sure you have an escape plan for your family in the event of a fire. Make sure that plan includes at least two ways to escape from each room of the house in the event that one exit is blocked.