Tim Surprenant, President of Tasco Security, Inc, discusses the features of safe rooms in houses. Alarm systems provide you with response time, notification from when the alarm goes off to the time that law enforcement responds. It’s important for you and your loved ones to be safe from the time you hear the alarm until the time the police arrive.
Safe rooms in houses are the rooms or areas you retreat to as part of your home defense tactics. These rooms typically have one or two doors that can be locked and reinforced. The location of safe rooms is very important. Most houses don’t have built-in safe rooms, or for that matter, built-in alarm systems. Most alarm systems are installed after the house is built. Take into consideration which areas that already exist in the house can be used as safe rooms.
Also consider the response you’ll have when the alarm goes off. If you have small children, you’ll want to go get them, so the safe room should be located near where the children are. If you don’t have children, the master bedroom may be the best location for your safe room.
Safe Room Contents
Safe rooms in houses should contain additional items you’ll need for your threat response: cell phones, flashlights, home defense weapons, any other emergency items, and a keypad. If you have video cameras, a keypad that can display the video on the keypad is best.
The keypad tells you where the intruder has entered the home. Position this keypad so you can look at it and not be in the line of fire if an intruder is coming toward your safe room. This will give you a tactical advantage, as you will know his movements but he will not know where you are.