Tennessee campaign encourages closing door to help fight fire


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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee Fire Marshal Gary West says a door can be a valuable firefighting tool.

West says in a fire, closing the door when leaving a room that's on fire is a smart move.

The state Department of Commerce and Insurance last week announced its "Close the Door" campaign and says closing the door reduces fire growth and spread, limits damage to the home and could save lives. The agency says a closed door can hinder flames and smoke from spreading as well as help deprive a fire of oxygen.

The department advises sleeping with the door closed and says closing the door can give anyone inside a burning building time to escape and help control the blaze.

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