Should You Leave Your Bedroom Door Open or Closed While You Sleep?

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Here's what the experts have to say.

There are many reasons to keep your bedroom door open at night while you sleep – listening for children’s calls, circulating cool and warm air, being alerted to intruders or appliance malfunctions, and more.

There is one crucial reason to keep your bedroom door closed, however: surviving a fire.

Forty to fifty years ago, the average time needed to escape a house fire was 17 minutes. Home designs and the use of more natural materials in construction and furniture provided more time for escape.

Today, many home products, fabrics, and open floor plans create an “evolving fire environment” that allows a fire to spread and become more toxic faster. The synthetic materials commonly used today create poisonous fumes that can quickly overwhelm. Experts estimate you now have only 3 minutes to get out safely.