(NEWS10) - The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is urging people to close their doors before heading to bed.
According to FSRI, closing your door at night could be an effective barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide, smoke and flames.
Experts say over the last 40 years, the average time to escape a home fire went from 17 minutes to three minutes or less.
A survey by FSRI found that only 29 percent sleep with their door closed.
"As fire service researchers and professionals, we encourage people to take several precautions and have an evacuation plan, but closing doors at night is one simple and quick routine that anyone can adopt right now," said Steve Kerber, director of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. "It is a very simple behavior change that can help save your life and your loved ones."
The report comes during Fire Prevention Week.
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