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Fire officials: Closed doors could save your life in event of fire

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Every second counts when it comes to fires.

The I-Team was given a demonstration using the Saginaw Fire Department's mobile fire safety house. In an actual fire you need to escape immediately.

As your burning home fills with smoke, whether your bedroom door is open or closed could be the difference between survival or perishing and you need to make the right choice right away.

There's a house fire about every minute and a fatality about every three minutes. They usually happen at night while you're asleep and it's not the fire that's the most dangerous part, it's the toxic smoke.

"Actually, one breath of real toxic smoke can take you down," Fire Marshal Ralph Martin said.

It takes seconds to fill up a room if the door is open.

No matter how accustomed you might be to sleeping with your bedroom doors open, enhanced fire safety guidelines say close them and you must have smoke detectors in the rooms and in the hallway outside each bedroom door.

"Hot fumes, smoke and toxins can get to you as quickly as possible with the door open. With that door closed it gives you a little bit more time," Martin said.

Last Thursday a Thomas Township family was saved from the blaze at their home, not only by their smoke detectors, but by closed bedroom doors.

"It was a textbook case of the doors were closed. The smoke detector was in the hallway right outside of those doors. They got out of the house and their lives were saved," Thomas Township Fire Chief Michael Cousins said.

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