There are many home-owners who take at-home safety very seriously. If you’re one of these safe-conscious types of home-owners, you’ve likely taken serious steps to make sure your home is a safe place. You’ve probably set up a good home security system to keep your family safe from home invasions or burglars, but what about a safe room? When you decide to work on some home improvement projects, as many home-owners often do, shouldn’t the addition of a safe room be considered?
A home safe room or panic room is a secured space in the home that will keep you and your family safe during a natural disaster (such as a storm or earthquake). It can also be a safe space to secure yourselves inside of, in the event of a home invasion. No intruder will be carrying a weapon that can break down the secure walls of your safe room. Here are a few more reasons why you should consider getting a safe room in your home:
Peace of Mind
It will give you peace of mind to know that you have a very safe and secure space to escape to in your home, in case of emergency. You never know what might happen, and the decision to get a safe room might save your life one day.
Increased Home Buyer Interest
If you have a safe room in your home, it will be easier to sell your home. If you’re ever selling your home, a safe room is a unique selling feature that might cause a buyer to choose to make an offer on your home instead of a similar home they viewed.
Home owners should always want to make sure that the value of their home is maintained and enhanced. The additional of a safe room will definitely increase the value of your home, especially since it’s not something very many homes have. Any additional expense spent on your safe room will pay off when it helps your home sell at the price you want.
Keep You – And Your Belongings – Safe During Extreme Weather Conditions
Safe rooms are built to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions. Anything, or anyone, in the safe room is safe from flooding, winds, falling objects, etc. It’s not just you and your family who can be kept safe in here. Your most precious belongings will be the safest when stored in a safe room. Extreme weather conditions won’t ruin the possessions stored in this room.
Some people use their safe room almost like a vault. Some parents keep their children or potential burglars from accessing certain things by locking those things in the safe room. Everyone has items they want to keep safe, and there’s plenty of room to store some items in there while also leaving room for you to hide out in there if you ever need to.
Hide From Intruders
Your safe room could protect you or one of your children from sexual predators, dangerous criminals, and other home invasions. If the intruder isn’t aware that you have a safe room, they won’t even know where to look for you. Even if they realized that you have a safe room, they won’t be able to get in.
You’ll Have a Plan
If the worst-case scenario happens, and you don’t have a plan, that’s when you can become a victim. Being prepared and having a plan that the whole family is on board with (like hiding in the safe room) is what can save you during these life-or-death situations.
Having a safe room that the whole family (and only the family) knows how to access is a fantastic contingency plan. A contingency plan is a plan devised for an unusual possible future event. It is a plan for the event of exceptional risk that, though unlikely, would have catastrophic consequences if nobody was prepared – or if nobody knew what to do.
Having a plan like this in place is the first step. The second step is practicing it. Get the whole family in the safe room. Make sure everyone knows how to get into the safe room, and how to secure it so that nobody else can get in. Test out different noises and see what can and cannot be heard from inside the walls of the safe room. This allows you to come up with an emergency sound, noise or code that tells the person in the safe room that another family member is trying to get in, and that it’s not an intruder trying to get in. It’s steps like these that leave your family feeling prepared and safe.