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Thursday, October 10, 2019

While many Americans may know fire protection best practices, fewer of them actually put these into execution. According to UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), only 26 percent of Americans always sleep with their bedroom doors closed and only 23 percent  check their smoke alarms monthly, according to data from a new consumer survey conducted by UL FSRI. To help, consider the following:

Close before you doze. UL FSRI’s Close Before You Doze campaign reminds people to close all doors in their homes before bedtime as this can help create a barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide, smoke and flames, and potentially save someone’s life.

 Maintain your smoke alarms. Forty years ago, people had 17 minutes to escape their home in the event of a fire. Today, fire is faster due to synthetic fabrics in furniture, lighter construction materials, and open floor plans, leaving people with less than three minutes to escape. Every one of these minutes counts and smoke alarms can give people the earliest warning possible that there’s a fire, so they can get out quickly and safely.

Have an escape plan. Meet with your family to come up with an escape plan to get out if there is a fire, with an alternate route should certain doors or windows be blocked. Once the plan is in place, practice it, timing how long it takes to pull off.

Source: UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI)

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