I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. Over the weekend I was talking with a friend who said he had been thinking about how to leave his mark on the world during his lifetime. He turned to me and said, “You’re all set…I’m pretty sure you’ve saved someone’s life already.”
If I have, I will probably never know it, but I do have several focus areas that could definitely save a life if I tell enough people – you may have already noticed this. 🙂 One of my pet projects is to make sure everyone knows how valuable their door can be in protecting them from fire. Not just fire doors, almost any door!
This video from CBS Los Angeles is a GREAT educational tool to demonstrate the value of a closed door:
And a few more door stories in recent news…
As flames quickly spread in the Columbus Farmers Market Tuesday, part-owner Charlie Pratt rushed into the burning section of the seven-building complex to close the fire doors.
“He ran over and closed one fire door, another guy closed the other fire door and that saved the whole complex,” said Matthew McCrink, a lawyer representing the owners who was at the site Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze escalated to four alarms and firefighters spent nearly two hours bringing it under control amid high winds and heavy smoke.
Building No. 4, which housed 10 shops, was destroyed, but Pratt said it could have been far worse if not for the quick action on the fire doors and the efforts of roughly 150 firefighters who responded.
(I’m curious about why the fire doors had to be manually closed, but we’ll probably never know. – Lori)
Baker: Closing doors during a fire is crucially important – NCAdvertiser
Some bad news is that the fire occurred in the basement of the home and, when the occupants opened the door to the basement, they were greeted by a rush of smoke and heat. So, they did what most people would do, they ran out the other door. Unfortunately they did not close the basement door, which allowed the heat and smoke unhindered travel to the upper floors.
When the fire department arrived they were able to quickly suppress the fire, stopping any further damage. However, the smoke and heat had spread throughout the upper floors, coating everything with thick, black soot. Keep in mind, no flames actually left the basement — just heat and smoke. Now the family is displaced while their home is repaired.
The fire service has long advised that doors and windows should be shut, whenever possible, to restrict air supply to the fire and, cut off possible avenues of spread.
In October, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal announced the Close the Door Campaign, which has been credited with saving lives…
McCrury said this is a prime example of the state fire marshal’s “Close the Door” campaign. It encourages homeowners to remember to close the door behind them when they leave a fire to prevent the fire from spreading more quickly.
“[Closing the door] stops a lot of fires from progressing, because with doors closed it does not receive fresh air or free oxygen that provides fire as it’s needed,” McCrury said.
“Him closing his apartment door saved the apartments here, absolutely,” Folkman said.
The department said sleeping with your bedroom door closed also could give you extra time in the event of a fire.
Maybe I need to have some t-shirts made. 🙂