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How panic rooms work

Panic rooms hit the spotlight in 2002
when Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart
starred in a fi lm where they were
trapped in one, but what are these modern-day
boltholes and how are they constructed?
A panic room is a safe place for occupants of a
property to go whenever they feel threatened.
The danger could be in the form of an intruder or
a natural threat like an earthquake or hurricane.
These rooms are typically windowless for
maximum security and the only weak point of
these rooms might be the door, but to combat
this, panic room doors are constructed from
super-thick steel, have reinforced frames and
are fi tted with high-level security locks.
Fingerprint scanners or keycode entry pads
provide an extra barrier, and sometimes the
door is so well concealed that a trespasser may
not even know the room exists.

The room must provide all the essentials for
staying alive during a potential long-term
situation, so basic plumbing, air fi ltration and a
good stock of medical kit, food and water are all
standard. The most expensive panic rooms
might also feature monitors hooked up to a CCTV
system to keep an eye on intruders’ movements
as well as a means of communication to contact
the outside world.