Your best protection during a fire

PADUCAH- Don’t let cold temperatures fool you, the risk for a home fire is real. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more home fires happen during winter than any other season.

One factor is appliances that heat up. Thursday night, we told you that local firefighters want you to use caution while using space heaters on frigid nights.

Another regional fire department, Scott County Rural Fire Protection District, is stressing the importance of closing bedroom doors at night. They posted photos on Facebook of a recent home fire in Scott County, Missouri along with this video. Be sure to watch around 1:50 in the video.

 

This brings up the question whether you should close your door a night to protect yourself from a potential fire. We turned to the National Fire Protection Association. They said the best protection is working smoke detectors, preferably the kind that are interconnected. Here’s their most recent statement on the issue:

“A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected.”

The agency says it is the early warning that a smoke detector can provide that is key. They suggest installing smoke detectors inside each bedroom along with outside each sleeping area. A spokesperson adds fires appear to spread quicker these days than years past, giving you as little as two minutes to escape a burning home.

You can read more about the NFPA’s position on sleeping with closed doors by clicking here.

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