Panic rooms aren’t for everyone. Most manufacturers don’t openly give out detailed information about safe rooms, since those who buy them prefer to keep their schematics and layout private in order to ensure their safety. There’s many types of safe rooms available for everyone based on their own unique needs. Here’s a guide to panic rooms prepared by the security experts at Eagle’s Locksmith.
What are Safe Rooms
Safe rooms are made to respond to the threats posed by terrorism or the kidnapping of wealthy or high profile people. Those with safe rooms can quickly hide in them in the event of any home invasion.
Safe rooms often come with many types of safety features. Walls can be reinforced with kevlar or other forms of bulletproof treatment in order to prevent people from breaking or shooting through them, while also keeping the occupants hidden. Often, hidden doors are utilized, disguised in the wall, floor, or behind a false bookcase or shelf. Often, safe rooms are equipped with advanced surveillance technology which connect through cameras for real time monitoring.
High end safe rooms contain heat sensing technology in the event that the home is attacked at night. These are also fir up with an alarm system that automatically alert police or a security company to come provide immediate help. Often the alarm is set off as soon as the safe room is entered. Other communication options include an available spare cell phone, an intercom system, or a ham radio. Sound proofing can also help hide these communications from intruders.
Customized Safe Rooms
Most safe rooms are meant to be used for a few hours or less. Unless there’s a long term attack anticipated, safe rooms are designed for a short stay. Many think of safe rooms as solely being safeguards against home invasion, but actually they can also be used as places to store valuables. Safe rooms are good places to hide expensive artwork or priceless items like jewelry or rare books.
Safe rooms are known for their reinforcement abilities. Due to weather related events, safe rooms are meant to strongly withstand hurricanes and tornados. These safe rooms are made with weather resistant material and are bolstered with steel and concrete fixtures.
Many people build safe rooms to protect their belongings, rather than humans. They can store computer hard drives or family heirlooms. Many safe rooms are specifically designed to house a climate controlled or airtight environment, so you can safely hide computer files or other items that are delicately affected by the climate inside safe rooms. Depending on how much money you’re willing to spend, the safety features of safe rooms can widely vary – some carry a few emergency supplies, and others are akin to a small house within an existing one – and others are simply a closer reinforced with a strong metallic door jamb and grade 1 deadbolt.
Safe rooms are powered with generators, so they need to be ventilated in order to get rid of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators should be self contained within safe rooms – but in simple safe rooms, a simple hand cranked light / phone or a battery powered light should be enough. The most advanced safe rooms are airtight and have full temperature control, as well as air filtration systems and gas masks.