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New study finds simple way to keep you safer during a fire

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Flames spread up along a couch on fire. Flames spread up along a couch on fire.
Children look on at a firefighter in his gear. Children look on at a firefighter in his gear.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

When you sleep, do you keep your bedroom door closed? Firefighters say it could actually save your life.

A new study from the Firefighter Safety Research Institute shows a closed door can actually slow the spread of the fire, including smoke and gases. Firefighters say with today's furniture and homes, fires spread faster and burn more intensely.

A closed door can help maintain temperature and oxygen levels inside long enough to increase a person's chance of surviving.

"The smoke puts you in imminent danger," Firefighter Michael Dade said. "You could open that door and not have a chance to close it because smoke is filled with such nasty chemicals now. Most people that succumb to injuries in fires, do so because of inhalation."

A link to the initiative website can be found by going here. The study analysis can be read below.

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