Using your safe room
Having a designated safe room in your home can help protect you, your family and pets from the dangerous forces of extreme winds. It also can relieve some of the anxiety created by the threat of a tornado or hurricane.
Keep these things in mind when choosing your safe room.
- A good safe room is an interior room on the first floor of the house.
- Closets, bathrooms and small storage rooms with one door and no windows are well-suited for use as safe rooms. Interior bathrooms have the added advantage of having a water supply and toilet.
- Keep in mind that a space selected to be used as a safe room should be free of clutter for quick and easy entry and so occupants will not be injured by falling objects. A bathroom is often a better choice than a closet or storage space.
- If you have the option, the safe room should not be in an area that can flood.
- Your safe room should be readily accessible from all parts of your house.
- Your safe room must be adequately anchored to the house foundation to resist overturning and uplift.