Starring Cobb’s Ember the Fire Dog, the fire safety video by the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services won a $5,000 prize in a national video contest for further fire safety education. (Courtesy of Cobb County)

Cobb is among tops in national fire safety contest

The Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services has been selected as a fifth-place winner for the Close Before You Doze national video contest by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI).

A $5,000 donation will be given to Cobb Fire for fire safety education for their video, encouraging others to close their bedroom doors before going to sleep to increase their chances of survival during a house fire.

From musical interpretations and creative animations to real-life demonstrations, the contest received dozens of entries which were put to a public vote to determine the top eight winners, according to a FSRI statement.

A panel of UL FSRI representatives ranked the top videos.

The first-place “Close B4 U Doze” video - created by North Carolina fire departments Greenville Fire/Rescue, Rocky Mount Fire Department and Wilson Fire/Rescue Services - received a $25,000 donation for local fire safety education.

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

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