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SPECIAL REPORT: Three new words that will save your life in a house fire

Close the Door - those three words could save your life or the lives of your family (Source: NBC12) Close the Door - those three words could save your life or the lives of your family (Source: NBC12)

Everyone knows what "Stop, drop, and roll." means.   

It's a lifesaving phrase that's taught to us from an early age and it's become ubiquitous when talking about fire safety. 

Now experts have coined a new 3 word phrase they say can save your life: "CLOSE THE DOOR."

Shutting your door when you go to sleep at night is one of the most important things you can do to keep your family safe. 

Rachel De Pompa will bring you the investigation we did with Henrico County Fire Department that demonstrates the lifesaving power of "CLOSE THE DOOR" on Thursday, April 27 at 5 PM on NBC12 News. 

We've already done investigations that revealed the increased danger of fires spreading through houses made and filled with synthetic materials. 

Those investigations proved that you only have 3 minutes to escape your home in the event of a house fire. 

If your bedroom doors are closed, that number increases to 5 minutes. It doesn't sound like a lot of time but it could just be the difference between life and death for you and your loved ones. 

There are 5 main steps you can take to survive a house fire:

  1. Install smoke detectors
  2. Test the smoke detectors
  3. Make a fire escape plan
  4. Practice your fire escape plan
  5. CLOSE THE DOOR at night 

If you need smoke detectors and cannot afford them, your local Fire Department will come out to your home and install them for you for FREE. Here is some information about those programs from several local areas. If your county isn't listed please look it up or call the closest fire department to your house. 

Here are some easy worksheets that you can go through to create your Fire Escape Plan. DON'T FORGET TO PRACTICE IT! 

Don't forget to CLOSE THE DOOR!

Make it a habit that you shut all of the bedroom doors when you go to sleep at night. If your kids won't fall asleep with their door closed, go close their door on your way to bed at night. It could save a life. 

Rachel De Pompa will bring you the investigation we did with Henrico County Fire Department that demonstrates the lifesaving power of "CLOSE THE DOOR" on Thursday, April 27 at 5 PM on NBC12 News. 

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