The Ultimate Panic Room Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

What is a panic room for? If you're familiar with the dangers of hurricane, home invasion, nuclear war or domestic violence, you won't be surprised to learn that panic rooms are increasingly seen as "safe points," allowing occupants time to take stock and call the emergency services. Don't panic, but take this quiz to learn more about panic rooms.

What is another name for panic room?

Another name is safe room, a room which makes you feel safe in the event of an emergency.


What is a panic room made of?

A panic room is constructed of weather-resistant material.


What does a panic room contain?

A panic room will contain, among other things, provisions for all the family members, and gas masks for the event of a chemical attack.


Are panic rooms designed to protect against hurricanes or tornadoes?

They're designed to protect against a variety of disasters -- both natural and man-made -- including hurricanes and tornadoes.


What else, aside from people, can you keep safe in a panic room?

You can use it as a vault for expensive possessions or rare collections.


What is the recommended location for the construction of a panic room?

The best place, especially for safety against hurricanes, is on the ground floor.


If panic rooms are supposed to hide their occupants, what is one of their best defenses?

It should ideally have an invisible entrance, such as one concealed by a bookcase.


What sort of locks are common for panic room doors?

The most common ones are electromagnetic locks, which use magnetic force between the frame and the lock.


Why would you want to soundproof the panic room?

Soundproofing means that if you do contact the emergency services in case of invasion, you don't have to worry that the intruders will hear you.


A lot of panic rooms have their own generators. What should you be aware of regarding them?

Ventilation is key here. Otherwise, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning will be a major concern.


What is the recommended water supply for a panic room?

You should have sufficient water for all occupants, usually about one gallon (3.78 liters) per person per day.


When constructing your home, it is a good idea to plan a panic room into the design. If so, what should you have the architect sign?

The architect, as well as the security firm working on your panic room, should sign a confidentiality agreement to keep this room secret.


What is the cost of building a panic room?

Depending on its amenities, hi-tech equipment and quality of construction, a panic room could cost between $50,000 and $500,000.


If you're not particularly wealthy, what options do you have for building a panic room?

If you want to go ahead and build a panic room, at least make use of what you've got. Try converting a closet or windowless extra room for this purpose.


It seems that almost every new mansion in _____ has a panic room.

According to recent estimates, nearly every new mansion in Los Angeles is built with a panic room.


What historical incident prompted more and more middle-income families to invest in panic rooms?

After the Twin Towers attack on September 11, 2001, more and more middle-income families began to invest in panic rooms.


For what purpose do British authorities sometimes recommend installing a panic room?

They do so in the case of domestic violence, as a safe area within the victim's own home.


Ancient Egypt had safe rooms within the pyramids to protect the pharaohs' treasures. During what period in later history were safe rooms used to protect living people?

During the times of the feudal lords and castles, they used safe rooms as a defense against intrusion. They were often called the castle keep.


In the United States in the 1920s, what did they use hidden rooms for?

They would hide banned liquor there, away from the eyes of the authorities.


What were the first safe rooms for weather protection?

They were storm cellars, like in the movie The Wizard of Oz.


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