The “Close Before You Doze: Small Steps to Safety” video was named runner-up, awarding the Coble Fire Department in Tennessee with a $15,000 donation.
The Omaha Fire Department in Nebraska and La Plata Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland tied for third, each receiving a $10,000 donation for their videos.
Four additional videos received honorable mentions and $5,000 donations to their selected fire departments, including Cobb.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40 years ago people had 17 minutes to escape their home in the event of a fire.
Today fire spreads faster due to synthetic fabrics in furniture, lighter construction materials and open floor plans, leaving people with less than three minutes to escape.
Research from UL FSRI shows that, in a fire, a closed-door room has average temperatures of less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit versus more than 1,000 degrees in a room with an open door.
A door is also an effective barrier against deadly smoke and carbon monoxide, keeping oxygen levels higher and buying time for help to arrive.
Cobb Fire contest video: youtu.be/G_POyRABFwY
Fire contest videos: CloseYourDoor.org/contest
Information: ULFirefighterSafety.org, UL.org