GJFD Competing in National Video Contest

The Grand Junction Fire Department is promoting the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) Close Before You Doze fire safety campaign that encourages everyone to close all doors in their homes each night before bed to save lives in the event of a home fire. Grand Junction Fire Department developed two creative videos with this life-saving message and is asking for the community’s help to vote for its educational video for the chance to win up to $25,000 to put towards local fire safety education.

You can vote for both videos!

Please follow the links below and click the vote button to support this effort.



Voting runs from Sept. 3 through Sept. 15 at CloseYourDoor.org/contest. The eight videos with the most votes will move on to the next round where a panel of UL representatives will rank the finalists. If this video gets selected, Grand Junction Fire Department will receive a donation that will support firefighters and fire education in the area. The grand prize donation is $25,000, the runner-up and second runner-up will receive $15,000 and $10,000, respectively, and five additional winners will be recognized with a $5,000 donation and honorable mention.

“We have seen the life-saving effects of a closed bedroom door in a home fire and we’re happy to share this important message,” said Dirk Clingman, Community Outreach Specialist of Grand Junction Fire Department. “We hope our community rallies together to vote for this great video that would allow us to save more lives and educate more citizens.

Research conducted by UL FSRI shows that in a home fire, a closed door can be an effective barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide, smoke and flames. Home fires are spreading faster than ever before. Forty years ago, people had an average of 17 minutes to escape a burning home after the activation of a smoke alarm, but today, they have an average of three minutes due to synthetic furnishings, open floor plans and lightweight construction materials that accelerate the spread of a fire. The simple act of closing a bedroom door can give more time and protection and save lives.

For more information about the contest and to vote for Grand Junction Fire Department, please visit CloseYourDoor.org/contest.

About UL FSRI:

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire research knowledge and develops cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. Guided by a global advisory board comprised of fire service personnel, UL FSRI investigates residential, commercial, and industrial fires through full-scale testing, field-testing, and modeling to replicate actual fires faced by firefighters. Research results are shared through interactive training courses that have reached hundreds of thousands of firefighters globally. To learn more, visit ULFirefighterSafety.org. Follow UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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