Safe Sleep Isn't Just For Babies

Back to sleep. Firm mattress. No bumpers, no pillows, no blankets, no stuffed animals, NO ANYTHING in the crib!

We all know the safe sleep initiatives to reduce the risk of SIDS and infant death. And they work. But there’s another massive safety risk staring us in the face, and it involves family members of all ages.

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute reports that only 29% of us always sleep with the door closed. The statistics they’ve revealed are startling: in the event of a fire, a room with the door closed will reach around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while a room with an open door can reach 1000 or more. The door also serves as a barrier to prevent carbon monoxide from sneaking in, and keeps the oxygen level much higher.

In a day and age with so many synthetic materials furnishing our homes, the time we have to escape a fire has decreased significantly. 40 years ago, we had about 17 minutes; today, we have about 3.

Have I got your attention? Good. Head over to to check out their video outlining the huge difference a door can make. And keep your family safe: #closebeforeyoudoze!

Lindsay Wye-Palmer