By The LifeDoor Institute 

Keeping your family safe at home is especially important when it comes to the danger of residential fires.

  We’re most vulnerable to fire when we’re asleep for several reasons:

  • We’re less alert when we’re asleep and less likely to notice a fire right away.
  • Today’s home fires spread 600% faster today than they did 40 years ago.
  • It only takes a few breaths of smoke to become disoriented, or even die.

50% of residential fires happen between 11:00pm and 7:00am. Most people are asleep during these times.  

 There Are Less Fires Nowadays, but Fire-Related Deaths Are Increasing

Since 2008, there have been fewer fires but fire-related deaths have increased. Why? 

Today’s Fires Are More Toxic:

  • Poisonous gases produced by fire can make you sleepy and disoriented. Toxic glasses and smoke kill more people in fires than flames do.
  • Todays’ homes are filled with synthetic materials that burn hotter, faster, and more toxic than ever before.
  • Today’s homes are larger with more open floor plans that allow fires to grow and spreader faster

    Sleep With Your Doors Closed Closed doors slow down the spread of fire and the toxic smoke and gases that kill with a few breaths. They also reduce temperatures in a home fire, providing life-saving time for your family to escape or be rescued.

    A closed door can mean your room only reaches 100 degrees. An open door can easily reach 1,000+ degrees. 

    If You Can’t Keep a Door Closed, Use LifeDoor (Many people have important reasons why they don’t sleep with their door closed, for them there’s LifeDoor)

    Install a LifeDoor device on the back of your bedroom doors. LifeDoor automatically shuts your doors during a fire, giving you more time to get out.


    If You’re In Your Bedroom and There’s a Fire 

     Feel the closed bedroom door for heat. If it’s hot uses a secondary escape such as a window. If the door is not hot, open slightly and check if it looks safe to exit the building. If it’s safe, exit immediately. If the rest of the building is too hot or smokey close the door and exit from the window. 

    If the bedroom is too high up, place clothing or a towel at the base of the door to block smoke. Open a window and signal the responding fire crews by waving clothing or something visible.

    Additional Ways to Stay Safe

    Install a fire ladder in rooms above the first floor.

    Check and test smoke alarms regularly.

    Have a family escape plan and practice it every six months at least twice a year

    If there is a fire, get out and stay out. 


    The LifeDoor Institute is the public safety division of LifeDoor, a firefighter-founded company dedicated to saving lives with awareness, education, and technology. LifeDoor’s products close bedroom doors in the event of a fire, preventing and slowing the spread of fires and deadly smoke, giving firefighters more time to save family members. To learn more, visit www.lifedoor.io