Overview: While the two most important things to remember in the event of a fire are to get out of the building and call 9-1-1, fire officials point out that simply closing doors behind you on your way out can help stop flames and smoke from spreading to other rooms. It also deprives a fire of oxygen, helping to slow it down and allowing occupants more time to escape.
Fire departments and educators can use the State Fire Marshal’s Office “Close the Door” Toolkit to
promote this important safety message.
Home Fire Escape
4.1.2 Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of each level of the home. Show all doors and windows. Go to each room and point to the two ways out. Practice the plan with everyone in your household, including visitors.
4.1.7 Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open.
4.1.10 A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
4.1.12 If you sleep with the bedroom door closed, install smoke alarms inside and outside the bedroom. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
4.2.4 Close doors behind you as you leave.