On many occasions I’ve written about the importance of sleeping with your bedroom door closed to increase the time to escape during a fire. I’ve shared UL’s Close Before You Doze campaign along with news of fires where a closed door protected occupants. In the last few years, this means of increasing fire safety has (finally) gotten a lot of attention with the news media (check out this recent news story!).
But the fact remains, many kids and often their parents don’t like to sleep with the bedroom door closed. Parents want to be able to hear what’s going on in their kids’ rooms, kids want light from the hallway, or the dog scratches at the closed door. We know we should close the bedroom door, but it doesn’t always happen.
I have been so impressed with the determination of the creators of LifeDoor (a product that I have no affiliation with). LifeDoor is designed to close residential doors when actuated by the home’s smoke detector, increasing the amount of time to escape or wait for rescue. In January of 2018, LifeDoor was exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the product won the TechStarts pitch competition. About a year ago, a KickStarter was launched to try to bring the product to market. And now, the LifeDoor LD1 is available for purchase.
If you’d like to learn more about LifeDoor, the video below gives some great background on the development of the product. Congratulations to Joel and Ben for turning your idea into a reality!