It may sound like something out of a Hollywood movie, but more and more London homeowners are making enquiries about safe rooms (also known as panic rooms) to help protect them and their family if they find themselves in danger.

Basements, of course, provide a great place for a safe room since they are completely encased, only have one entrance and exit, and are easy to reinforce. While it might not be as glamorous as a home cinema or a swimming pool, it may be something to consider when planning your London basement conversion.

But what do you need for a safe room? Structurally, you can find out everything you need to know about safe rooms here, but what else do you need to make a safe room work?

Bear in mind this is somewhere for you and your family to retreat to in the event of an emergency such as a home invasion. While you’d not expect to have to stay there for an extended period of time, you may well need to be there for several hours. For this reason you need good ventilation, lighting and furniture so that you will be comfortable, as well as basic bathroom facilities such as a toilet and sink. A supply of food is vital – even if it’s just bottled water and basic rations – so that no one goes hungry or thirsty while you are in there.

You will also need a way of communicating with the outside world. Keep in mind that your mobile phone may not have sufficient signal in a reinforced basement and Wi-Fi signal may be weak so having a landline installed in there would be a good idea – even better would be a security system that can automatically notify the police at the push of a button, which is something you should discuss with a security specialist when planning your panic room. CCTV is also useful as it can collect evidence for the police of what is happening inside the house while you and your family are in the safe room.

A safe room is something you install that you hope you will never have to use – but this does not mean it’s not a worthwhile investment. Speak to Simply Basement today to discuss your needs for a basement conversion and it’s suitability for a panic room.

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