Safety expert warns parents not to leave children’s bedroom doors ajar while they sleep


A child safety expert has warned parents to make sure their children’s bedroom doors are closed before they go to sleep – as it could help save lives.

TikTok user Dr Ness shared the top tip on social media, in a video that shows an image of a home that was badly damaged in a fire but one room seems to have miraculously survived.

The video is titled ‘which room do you want your kids in if there was a fire?’ and in the clip, the paediatric emergency doctor explains that the room survived the blaze because the door was closed.

In comparison, the room with the door that was left open is completely burned to a crisp – but thankfully no one was injured in the original fire as the situation was created for demonstrative purposes.

Dr Ness continued to explain: “So this is a perfect picture, you can the difference between keeping your bedroom door open or closed in the event of a house fire.

“So if you haven’t watched the video that I did a little earlier about close before you doze.

“This is why, so if you look this was a fire in the same house – it was set up for research purposes and this room here had the door open during the house fire this one right here had the door closed during a house fire.

“Which room would you rather be in yourself and which room would you rather your kids be in if you were unfortunate enough to have a house fire.

“Please close your doors before you go to sleep, close before you doze, and sleep well and sweet dreams.”

In another video, she shared the science behind why closing your bedroom door makes such a huge difference in the event of a house fire.

She told viewers: “Keeping your doors closed decreases the amount of carbon monoxide that gets into the bedrooms when there’s a fire.

“It decreases the heat that’s in the room, increases the amount of oxygen, which therefore increases the chance of survival and the time you have until rescue.”

The first video was uploaded on Thursday, June 3, and since then it has 293,000 views, nearly 100,000 likes and over a thousand comments.

One user said: “Love that you posted this, my husband is a firefighter – he always says there’s nothing he can’t stress enough and that’s to close the door.”

Another added: “I learned this in elementary school from a firefighter and ever since I literally can’t sleep if the door is open.”

While a third added: “Also fire extinguishers in your home, we have one in every room. Have it and know where it is.”