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Fire safety parody song teaches “Close Before You Doze” lessons

Post Date:10/11/2018 1:05 PM

West Chester fire officials want people everywhere to hear one potentially lifesaving message loud and clear – “Close Before You Doze” – so they’ve set it to music.

The West Chester Fire Department released, The Close Your Door Song, and an accompanying children’s music video on Thursday, Oct. 11 to coincide with Fire Prevention Week, an annual fire safety campaign of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The song and music video are meant to teach kids and adults about the importance of closing doors at night before going to bed. A closed door helps slow the spread of flames; decreases heat, smoke and carbon monoxide levels; and increases the amount of time one has to escape in the event of a fire.

WCFD-coloring-3“As parents of young children it feels instinctual to leave bedroom doors open in order to hear our children if they need us, when in fact leaving the bedroom doors open creates the greatest risk for those we love,” said Fire Chief Rick Prinz.

Data from the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute found closing doors can reduce temperatures from 1,000 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and keep carbon monoxide levels down to as low as 1,000 parts per million versus 10,000 parts per million if the door is left open.

“A closed door gives the occupant of the room time to prepare for escape or time to be rescued,” Chief Prinz said. “The occupant will have oxygen to breath and will be protected from the fire’s heat.”

The Close Your Door Song is a parody of, After Hours, an acoustic song by band The Velvet Underground from its 1969 self-titled album. Its re-written lyrics, together with a companion music video that uses finger puppets to illustrate the message for young children, is performed by vocalist Abby Kemper with guitarist Adrian Nellas providing music.

In addition to closing doors at night, West Chester Fire Department asks community members to take steps now to prepare for fire-related emergencies. Install working smoke alarms on all levels of your home and inspect them monthly; make a fire escape plan and designate a safe meeting place; and know two ways out of every room.

Because as The Close Your Door Song goes… “It could make all the difference in the end.”

Watch the music video and read the lyrics below with your family.

 

The Close Your Door Song

If you close the door,
You could avoid disaster.
Keep the fire out,
Stop the flames from spreading faster.

When the people are dozing
And your day is all done,
Don’t forget about fire safety.

Simply close the door,
It could make all the difference in the end.

If you close the door,
You could avoid disaster.
Please don’t cry or pout,
You will be safer after.

Oh, if the day ever comes
That your house catches fire and
You’re stuck,
With no way to escape. 

Simply close the door,
It could make all the difference in the end.

Fire station’s not far, heroes jump in their cars
And race to your side to save the day.
Thanks to closing your door
Flames didn’t grow any more.
No heat nor smoke make a mark.

If you close the door,
You can avoid disaster.
Keep the fire out,
And stop the flames from spreading faster.

So when the people are dozing
And your day is all done,
Don’t forget about fire safety.

‘Cause when you close the door,
It could make all the difference in the end.
It could make all the difference in the end.
Once more,
It could make all the difference in the end.

 

Vocalist: Abby Kemper
Music: Adrian Nellas

A parody of After Hours (1969) by The Velvet Underground

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