We see this tragedy play out all too often. A home has caught on fire in the middle of the night and burned badly. Occupants of the home have been injured or worse during the fire. This happens because more than half of the home fires in the United States happen in the overnight hours between 11am and 7am. What’s even worse is that most kids sleep through the sound of the fire alarm.
We all know stop drop and roll, we know to keep smoke detectors in the home and we need to keep the batteries in the smoke detectors fresh. But another important tip often goes unnoticed. Doors should be kept closed, especially while we are sleeping.
A closed door can slow a fire down and prevent smoke from entering a room, or at least make the smoke exposure less. With the door blocking the fire and the smoke, fire fighters have a better chance of bringing survivors out of home fires.
For whatever reason, if you can’t close your bedroom door, Lifedoor can. Lifedoor makes sure that doors close when the sound of the smoke detector goes off. The device is simple to install. You just mount the device on the hinge of your bedroom door and re-insert the hinge pin. Opening the door once “primes” the device, making it ready to activate in an emergency.
Sellinger and his team wanted to make the device accessible to as many homes as possible. It doesn’t require wifi or smart home smoke detectors. The device reacts to the sound of most commercially available smoke detectors, including smoke detectors that can be found in your home today. When the smoke detector sounds, Lifedoor is activated and doors are closed automatically.
It would be ideal for every homeowner to have Lifedoor on all of the doors in the home, greatly improving the chances of survival in the event of a catastrophic fire.
Sellinger is still an active fire fighter and has witnessed first hand the effects of fire in a home where doors have been left open. The safety ramifications of Lifedoor alone make it the most important startup we saw at CES 2018.
Check out our video above and find Lifedoor online at lifedoor.io