Safe rooms, sometimes referred to as panic rooms, are hardened structures that are not Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Certified, but they are constructed using the same method as UL burglary-rated products. A safe room is essentially a vault for the protection of people. They are thinner and less heavy, and as a result, much more affordable!
Safe rooms consist of a laminated panel with multiple layers: expanded metal, poly treated OSB, epoxy, and a proprietary mix of minerals that degrades saw blades, drill bits, and galvanized sheet metal.
Safe rooms can take on various forms. In either a commercial or residential setting, they may come in the form of offices, storage areas, bathrooms, closets, community centers, underground spaces, comfortable living spaces, and more.
Looking for a highly protective room but don’t necessarily need a UL-Rated vault? A safe room is a more affordable but highly effective option. In addition to cost savings, safe rooms include a multitude of benefits that include:
Safe rooms are for both residential and commercial use and they serve many purposes that include:
For a basic safe room, the U.S. Department of Justice Emergency Preparedness handbook recommends the following essential supplies:
[source: U.S. Department of Justice]
After an assessment of risk, based on the value of assets intended for protection in a safe room and potential threats, a security recommendation is formed to address all the security measures that must be accounted for in constructing a safe room.
A safe room doesn’t have to be an ugly or uncomfortable structure. Comfort and beauty are actually important factors. Some events may require an extended stay in a safe room, meaning that comfort and aesthetics are very important factors to consider. There is no reason to sacrifice these aspects for practicality.
With over 35 years’ experience providing high security installations around the world, the engineering team at International Vault Inc. is well equipped to discuss the physical security needs of any commercial or government operation dealing in high-value assets.
From the U.S. Pentagon to local police departments, from securing warehousing facilities to providing state-of-the-art safes for cash and valuables, International Vault is a world-wide partner in helping business and government secure value and deter theft.