A firefighter has posted dramatic photos to show the difference between keeping a child's bedroom door open or closed in the event of a fire. Picture: The Fire Marshal's Office for New Fairfield The side facing the fire was severely damaged.
'This morning members of New Fairfield's Fire Departments along with mutual aid departments responded to a residential structure fire, ' the post read.
"The photos below are a great example of the importance of keeping bedroom doors closed while sleeping".
The photos were taken after a real house fire with permission from the family who lived there and the reassurance from the firemen that the homeowners and their dog are all doing well.
While the side of the door facing towards the hallway was blackened and clearly fire-damaged, the side of the door facing into the bedroom was nearly entirely white and unblemished.
"If this were an occupied bedroom the closed door could have saved a life".
Sure enough, the smoke damage certainly began to creep into the room, and can be seem around the door frame.
Though actual flames could eventually burn down a wood door, many fire-related deaths and injuries are actually caused by smoke inhalation.
Days later, the Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department in NY shared the story, too.
Posting to the Facebook page of the Cold Spring Harbor Fire Department in NY, the firefighter made a very convincing case for keeping kids' bedroom doors closed at night, even if they beg parents to leave the door ajar.
The post has since gone viral with thoudsands of shares and comments.
However, they went on to explain they had conducted many fire safety demonstrations at local schools, and one of the main points stressed to the children is to always sleep with the doors closed.
One is a photo of a door from the outside, the other from the inside. But seriously, talk about eye opening'. "See, I knew how to save my own life".