Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department has issued a warning about the importance of closing your children's bedroom door at night.
A serious warning has been issued by firefighters of the Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department about the importance of closing your children's bedroom door at night, even if they are afraid of the dark.
In a viral post on the emergency responders Facebook page
, first responders reveal why keeping doors closed at night can be a matter of life or death.
Fire Fighter James Felton Jr wrote: "As a parent, it’s hard to convince little kids to sleep with the door closed, they always want it open just a little. I do a lot of fire prevention at schools, so one thing I try and stress to the kids is how important it is to sleep with the doors closed."
He explains how a family and their pet dog escaped unharmed following a recent house fire because all their doors were kept shut.
"This morning members of New Fairfield’s Fire Departments along with mutual aid departments responded to a residential structure fire. The homeowners and family dog are all doing well."
With photographic evidence, they show the importance of keeping bedroom doors closed while sleeping.
One side of the door is 'severely damaged' and blackened from the heat of the fire while the other side remains virtually untouched, protecting the room and its contents from any damage.
"The photos below are a great example of the importance of keeping bedroom doors closed while sleeping."
"The door pictured in both photos is a hollow core door to a bedroom. While the front of the door is severely damaged the closed door protected the bedroom and its contents."
"If this were an occupied bedroom the closed door could have saved a life," he continued.
Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of 4 kids aged 2, 3, 4 and 8 (and she is expecting baby #5 in May). A self-confessed procrastinator and picker-upper of things, Kellie would never turn down a coffee and she loves to travel and share every day true to life moments on Instagram of her expanding family. Follow her daily adventures on Instagram.