Building a Safe Room for Home Security

A safe room in the house is a room that is hidden from the eyes of intruders or is simply impenetrable by them. A safe room is also known as a panic room. In case of emergency, when you think your safety is at stake, you can secretly enter into this room and lock yourself from the outside world. In the US, FEMA recommend building a safe room into every new home.

The concept of having a safe room in the house is not very old. A few years ago, having such a room was limited to only intelligence agencies or places where highly confidential information is kept or stored. These rooms were used as an escape route in case of infiltration by criminals.

Today, professionals suggest building safe rooms in every house. Safe rooms require a few hundred dollars more than an ordinary room, but they provide many benefits in the context of home and personal security. With state-of-the-art security systems now available, these rooms can be built and maintained with ease.

A safe room or panic room normally consists of walls with hidden weapons and an iron door that is extremely hard to open or break. Other instruments like a special telephone, computer and wireless devices can be installed in a safe room to communicate easily with the outside world.

Fortified walls require special construction options. You can choose from a steel wall and other types of extraordinary walls that can be used for hiding weapons. Brick and cement walls are equally popular for constructing the safe room walls; however, they provide less security than that of steel walls. Bullet-proof glass windows or doors can also be used in a panic room. These glass windows allow a view of what is happening outside.

Ceilings made of layers of tin are normally used for making safe rooms. However, wood and some other materials can also be used to construct the ceiling. Similarly, the door is usually made of a double-core metal that can be automatically opened by the use of combination lock or manual code entry. For better security, biometric identification systems can also be used for opening a safe room's door.

You can furnish the interior of a safe room according to your own liking. However, it is advised to keep a fridge, a supply of some food materials including water, and some medicines. In addition to this, having a toilet inside is also useful in case you have to stay in the safe room for a few hours at a time.

Communication mechanism, as mentioned before, should be installed in a panic room. A telephone set or a cell phone is required to contact the police or your family members that your house has been infiltrated by robbers and that you need immediate help. A TV, computer or other video systems may also come handy in such a situation. If possible, viewing the rest of the house on camera can also be arranged by using modern, video surveillance cameras.

Don’t be a vulnerable target for intruders. Ensure maximum security by not only protecting your home from the outside, but also from the inside by locking yourself in a safe room and contacting the police as soon as you can.

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