Keeping Your Home Protected From Fires

May 29, 2015 by  
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Keeping_Your_Home_Protected_From_FiresWritten by ETO Doors.

As a homeowner, nothing is more important than making sure that your family is safe in case of an emergency. One of the most common hazards faced in the home is the risk of a fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there were almost 370,000 household fires in the United States in 2013, leading to 2,755 deaths and 12,000 injuries. In order to feel safe, families need to take the steps necessary to not only prevent fires and protect their families in case a fire does happen.

From planning an escape route to having fire rated doors installed, here are a few things that you can do to make sure that your family can survive a fire in your home:

Have an Escape Plan: It’s easy to think that you’ll know where to go if there’s a fire or other disaster that hits your house. However, if you don’t have a plan, it’s easy to panic in these situations. This is especially true when you are talking about a fire — smoke can make it difficult to see where you are going and certain exits may not be available if the fire is coming from that area.

It’s important that you have a plan in place with your family in case there is a fire. Make sure they know the multiple ways to exit a room and get out of your house. It’s also a good idea to designate a place to meet in case of a fire so you can know that everyone is OK.

Fire Doors: One of the best ways to protect your family in case of a fire is to install fire doors in the interior of your house. These are doors that are made of special materials and are designed to be fire-resistant. These materials can include fiberglass or woods that have a metal core inside. Most residential fire doors are rated to keep fires out for at least 20 minutes, which might be enough time for your family to escape or for the fire department to arrive.

Smoke Detectors: Almost every house has smoke detectors installed that will sound an alarm if smoke from a fire is detected inside. But many families don’t perform regular checks on their fire alarms. It’s a good idea to check to make sure that your alarm has batteries and that it is working properly and does not need to be replaced.

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The Fundamentals of Soundproofing

There are a variety of methods to apply when soundproofing a room. The general meaning of soundproofing is to reduce the ability of sound to travel from one point to another. To accomplish this, there are different kinds of materials that can be installed to help absorb sound and keep it within its chosen confines. There are also elements of construction that are very effective for soundproofing.


If the room that needs to be soundproofed is already built, installing materials like acoustic foam panels is a good place to start. They’re available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and prices. These will not only help control the transfer of sound, but will also give the noise inside the room a better quality. For example, in a recording studio, foam can contribute to the soundproofing as well as decreasing echoes and keeping the various sounds isolated. Isolating different sounds keeps them from bleeding too heavily into one another, providing a cleaner overall effect.


There are a variety of options to choose from for soundproofing foam. Acoustic eggcrate and wedge designs are affordable and available in different sizes. Higher quality foam like acoustic pyramid provides additional benefits due to its extra surface area. If you’re looking for aesthetically pleasing foams, acoustic spade, wave, and grid are all eye-catching designs that offer quality sound absorption.

While sound absorption is important for soundproofing, it’s not the only component. If you’re looking to build a room from the ground up, there are several other factors that can increase the room’s ability to contain sound and keep outside sound from coming in.


Mass is a common method to use for soundproofing. Any solid object can disrupt the transfer of a sound wave from inside a room to outside the room, and vice versa. Materials such as drywall and plywood are very useful, and as a general rule, the larger the mass is, the more beneficial it will be.


The method of building a “floating room” can also be implemented, and that involves the use of mass and air. This is a highly effective soundproofing technique. “Floating room” basically means a room within a room. This can be done if a room already exists that needs to be soundproofed, or if the construction of the space is just beginning. This method utilizes sound absorption, mass, and can also incorporate sound deadening foam.


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