How to use the Panic Room as a perfect security

Jodie Foster in the "Panic Room" movie

23.12.2019 19:48:33 - Today's panic rooms can be extremely high-tech.

( - When you hear the words "panic room," you might think of the 2002 flick in which Jodie Foster hides in a fortified room in a Manhattan town house.
Foster's character has a bevy of surveillance equipment and supplies, but thieves terrorize her and attack the room until she is forced to come out and confront them.

But panic rooms are generally


less dangerous and exciting than they sound. For one, they're usually called "safe rooms," which makes them
seem a little less dramatic. We can also trace their origins much further back than any Jodie Foster movie. Medieval feudal lords, for example,
used safe rooms as protection from siege. But how close does Hollywood come to capturing a real panic room?

Today's panic rooms can be extremely high-tech. Most security experts say that with basic communication equipment, occupants should have
to hole up in the room for only an hour or two in
case of a home invasion.

To understand the panic room, we have to understand why people want them. The most advanced fortresses come with hefty price tags,
so only the wealthy can typically afford them. But in the wake of increased terror alerts and weather-related catastrophes in the United States,
basic panic rooms are becoming more popular. They're constructed of weather-resistant materials and are stocked with gas masks and potassium
iodine tablets to protect against biological and nuclear attacks. And some manufacturers claim their rooms can accommodate families for an
extended stay -- even as long as a month.

Besides basic provisions and a good lock, panic rooms can include any number of features, from a battery of artillery to a fully stocked wet bar.
But details are hard to come by -- because people are paying for privacy, most panic-room builders are unwilling to disclose much information.

Think of a panic room as a vault for people. In a country of gated communities, panic rooms are designed to be the ultimate in security.
They range from simple rooms with reinforced doors to elaborate mini-fortresses
that protect their occupants against biological and nuclear attacks, hurricanes, tornadoes and home invasions. High-end panic rooms,
made with the most advanced materials, are more like luxury dens than bleak storm cellars.

Because of the Jodie Foster movie, many people associate panic rooms with home invasions, but this is actually not their most common purpose. As
we mentioned, rooms built to withstand hurricane- and tornado-force winds have become more popular. These panic rooms are usually ground-floor
closets or bathrooms whose foundations have been reinforced with steel and concrete.

Many people who build panic rooms are trying to protect things, not people. Panic rooms can hide computer hard drives or permanently house artwork,
rare books and other collections. You can make your panic room into a custom-designed safe that stores your delicate artwork in an airtight,
climate-controlled environment. Your computer files can be safely hidden but accessible via an exterior generator.

Depending on how much safety you want and money you have, panic rooms have a wide range of safety features. You can reinforce a closet and
throw in a few emergency supplies or build a house within your house.

A panic room, at the most basic level, is a box with an opening. So all six sides of the box -- walls, ceiling and floor -- must be fortified.
You can reinforce a closet with plywood if you want a storm shelter, but it won't provide protection from invaders. The next step up is chicken
wire or steel mesh, and blastproof Kevlar panels provide the ultimate protection. A cement-reinforced foundation can provide a stable base,
and a steel ceiling, with optional Kevlar panels, will thwart invaders from bottom to top.

Most builders of modern panic rooms rely on lightweight Kevlar and plastics, allowing them to more easily build panic rooms on second floors --
off of the master bedroom, for instance. However, the ground floor is still the safest place for protection against natural catastrophes like hurricanes and tornadoes.

Panic rooms are designed to hide their occupants, so one of the best defenses is the invisible entrance. Bookcase entries and hidden pocket doors are popular choices.

Thomas Ernst of GSW states:"The door is the one weak point of the fortified box, so its reinforcements are critical. Even if your walls aren't reinforced with steel, you might want
to splurge on a solid steel door. Mortise locks, which are built into rather than attached to the door, provide another level of security, as do steel
hinges and bolts. Steel doorjambs make it impossible for an intruder to kick in the door. High-end panic rooms often have keypad-controlled
electromagnetic locks, which use magnetic forces to maintain the bond between a frame-mounted magnet and door-mounted hardware."

Most panic rooms do not have standard keys because they can be misplaced or fall into the wrong hands. Instead, doors might feature interior deadbolts,
combination keypads or retinal or fingerprint-scanning devices."

GSW has been the leading security and technology company for 3 decades. Careful work,
reasonable prices as well as reliability and fast help in case of emergency distinguish us. That's why we
are Krone Hit Partnerhandwerker 2017! The company has been run by entrepreneur Thomas Ernst for decades.

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