Close Before You Doze: The Winning Science Fair Project

This past Spring, the Close Before You Doze message was the theme of the winning 6th Grade Science Fair project put together by 12-year-old Peyton Pierson in Osceola, Indiana. Fire safety is not a new subject for Peyton as her Dad had previously shared this message with her, and together they reviewed the information available on FSRI’s The difference in temperatures and timing over the years is what intrigued her the most. Peyton found it fascinating that occupants previously had seventeen minutes to escape a house fire, but in today’s world, they may only have as many as three minutes to escape. After finding out how important closing bedroom doors before going to bed can be, Peyton wanted to share this safety message with her friends and teachers. Peyton’s project won over the judges and was named first place out of approximately 125 other participants. A ballerina in training, Peyton loves to dance and hang out with her friends. She shared that she also likes to watch YouTube rather than T.V. and suggested sharing #CloseBeforeYouDoze on that social platform to reach more kids her age.

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