If you don’t feel safe while in your own home, you’re not going to feel safe anywhere. One of the ways you can increase the amount of security you have while in your home will be with the installation of a safe room. Adding a safe room gives your family an instant plan for emergencies. Everyone knows to head to the safe room, whether there is an earthquake, home invader, or terrorist attack. If you are considering adding a safe room to your home, here are some tips to help you get started.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Elaborate
After watching endless episodes of Doomsday Preppers, a lot of people think building a safe room is just out of their price range. In reality, you don’t have to start with an underground bunker or an expensive bug out room. Your safe room can start out as an interior room in your home or a spot in your basement.
Do You Really Need a Safe Room?
When the topic of safe rooms comes up, most people shrug off the suggestion by pointing out that they’re not famous, or wealthy, nor do they live in an area where there’s a high crime rate. The sad reality is that no matter how wealthy you are, no matter how safe your community might seem, it really is in your best interest to have a safe room.
Since the start of the recession, many people have lost their jobs and individuals who would have never thought about burglarizing a home or threatening the life of someone in an attempt to extort money have been forced to take desperate measures. As a result of this increase in crime, no one can think they’re safe from the possibility of a home invasion. Instead of laughing off the idea of safe room, you should adapt a better safe than sorry attitude. It could save your life. Plus, no one is exempt from natural disasters like tornadoes or hurricanes!
The Best Place to Create a Safe Room
Traditionally, safe rooms have been added to bedrooms, though there isn’t a rule that says they have to go into one specific area of the house. The main reason bedrooms have always been the standard place for a panic room is because most home invasions take place late at night, and it’s easy to roll out of bed at the first sign of trouble and confine yourself in the safe room. Not having to cross to the other side of the house, increases the odds that you will make it through the ordeal without getting harmed, or even coming to the attention of the burglars.
Other good places to install a safe room include:
- A hidden alcove in the hallway, ideally between your bedroom and your children’s bedrooms
- Near the family room
- In your home office
- Interior bathroom
In a multi-level home, you might want to consider the possibility of having a safe room built into each level.
Is a Safe Room Going to Be Enough?
The simple truth is that your safe room is only going to be as good as your external warning system. If you don’t have a system that lets you know you’re home has been invaded, you won’t be able to make it to your safe room fast enough.
The first thing you should do is make sure you keep your doors and windows locked. Not only will a locked door deter a surprising number of home invaders, but it also means you’re going to hear someone breaking into your home. Make sure that your doors are locked with both a dead bolt and that you have a security chain across the door as well.
You should also invest in a good alarm system. The more noise it makes, the better. Not only will the noise from the alarm let you know that you need to run for your safe room, but it also lets your neighbors know that there’s a problem and that they should call the police. A good alarm system doesn’t cost very much and they are highly effective.
Equipping Your Safe Room
Once you choose a place for your safe room to go, the next step is setting it up and making sure it is fully equipped for an emergency. The most important aspect of the safe room is going to be the door. Don’t try to save money by purchasing a cheap door. The door needs to be a heavy solid door that’s primarily used for outdoor purposes. It should be made out of steel, preferably three inches thick, and have a core that prohibits it from being broken. Once you’ve installed the door, you should be able to lock it from the inside.
Your safe room should also have an outlet that you can use to charge a cell phone. In fact, it wouldn’t hurt for you to pick up a cheap, pay as you go phone that you keep in the safe room at all times so you can call the police and let them know you need help.
If you have space in the safe room, add a locked gun case with plenty of ammunition. It’s also a good idea to have food and water supplies on hand in case you are stuck in the safe room for a long period of time.
Ultimately, a safe room is a great option to keep your family safe from intruders or natural disasters. Make a plan with your family so everyone knows where to report in case of an emergency.