FREQUENTLY ASKED SAFE ROOM QUESTIONS

Q.  WHAT IS A SAFE ROOM?
A.  A safe room is a small windowless room that has been strengthened to resist the effects of wind pressures and the impact from windborne debris generated by severe weather.

Q.  WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A SAFE ROOM?
A.  Resistance to wind forces, resistance to missile penetration, adequate anchorage, adequate ventilation, and accessibility.

Q.  ARE THERE ANY STANDARDS FOR SAFE ROOM CONSTRUCTION?
A.  Yes, FEMA published "The National Performance Criteria for Tornado Shelters" on May 28, 1999.

Q.  DOES THE keepSafe SHELTER MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NATIONAL PERFORMANCE CRITERIA FOR TORNADO SHELTERS?
A.  Yes!

Q.  WILL THESE STANDARDS CHANGE?
A.  Yes! The science of safe room construction is evolving rapidly.   New standards will be published in 2001 and those standards will be updated as new knowledge dictates.

Q.  WILL keepSafe SAFE ROOMS MEET THE NEW STANDARD?
A.   Yes!   The president and founder of keepSafe is a member of the standards committee charged with writing the new National Standards for tornado Shelters and keepSafe meets the new requirements.

Q.  I HAVE HURRICANE SHUTTERS INSTALLED ON MY HOME.   WHY DO I NEED A SAFE ROOM?
A.   Hurricane shutters protect property.   safe rooms protect people.   Most hurricane shutters are only designed to withstand winds of 110 mph although some shutters are designed for much higher wind speeds. Standard housing construction starts to fail at wind speeds of 120 mph.   Shutters will not provide protection from tornados, category III and above hurricanes, and such things as falling trees.

Q.  CAN I INSTALL THE keepSafe SAFE ROOM MYSELF OR DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL TO DO THE INSTALLATION FOR ME?
A.   Yes.   The keepSafe safe room was designed to installed by the average homeowner.

Q. IF I DO IT MYSELF HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
A.   The actual time it takes any individual is dependent on a number of factors such as the size of the unit and where it is located.   The average installation will take two non-professionals a full day.

Q.  CAN THE keepSafe SAFE ROOM BE INSTALLED BY ONE PERSON?
A.  Yes.   Several of our customers have installed our safe room by themselves.   However, it is more difficult than using two people and it takes longer.

Q.  WHAT DOES "fob del" MEAN?
A.  "FOB" means free on board. When the term "fob del" is used in a price quotation, it means the delivery/shipping charges are included in the quoted price.

Q.  CAN I INSTALL A keepSafe SAFE ROOM IN AN EXISTING CLOSET, PANTRY, ETC.?
A.  Yes.   keepSafe safe rooms were specifically designed to be retrofitted to existing construction.

Q.  KEEPSAFE RECOMMENDS INSTALLING THE KEEPSAFE SHELTER IN THE GARAGE.   THE GARAGE IS NORMALLY THE FIRST PART OF A HOUSE TO FAIL IN A SEVERE WIND EVENT.   WHY WOULD keepSafe RECOMMEND THIS LOCATION?
A.  keepSafe recommends locating our safe room in the garage because:  1- there is generally space to do so.   2- you don't have to leave shelter to seek shelter.  3- keepSafe safe rooms were designed to remain standing after the house is destroyed so it doesn't matter if the garage is the weakest part of the house and fails.

Q.  WHAT TYPE OF LOCK DOES YOU DOOR HAVE?
A.  Each keepSafe door has six locking points.   The sides of the doors have two half inch lock bolts located at the quarter points and the top and bottom have one half inch lock bolt at the center point.

Q.  HOW DO I OPERATE THE LOCK SYSTEM?
A.  The locks are securely thrown by a single handle.

Q.  WE HAVE SMALL CHILDREN. HOW DO WE PREVENT THEM FROM LOCKING THEMSELVES IN THE SAFE ROOM?
A.   You can prevent small children from entering the keepSafe shelter by locking it from the outside with the removable latch handle.  Should a child lock itself in the shelter it can be easily opened with a 1/4" allen wrench (provided by KSI)

Q.  IS THE keepSafe SHELTER BULLET PROOF?
A.   The keepSafe shelter has been tested with most common handgun loads, including "hot" hardball hand loads with no failures.   The keepSafe shelter will not resist high powered rifle loads.

Q.  HOW ARE THE keepSafe SAFE ROOMS VENTILATED?
A.  Ventilation in the keepSafe shelters is provided by what is know as PASSIVE VENTILATION .

Q.   WHAT IS PASSIVE VENTILATION?
A.   Passive ventilation is ventilation provided without an artificial means of forcing air movement.  Ventilation in the keepSafe safe rooms is provided by normal air infiltration via non-airtight openings.

Q.  DOES PASSIVE VENTILATION HAVE ANY ADVANTAGES?
A.   Yes.   Passive ventilation is not dependent on an outside power source.   This means the occupants of our shelters still have ventilation in the event of a power loss.   A further advantage of our ventilation system is our non-airtight openings are distributed evenly around the perimeter of the shelter.   This even distribution relieves atmospheric pressure changes and does not foster internal velocity pressure build-up.

Q.  DOES PASSIVE VENTILATION HAVE ANY DISADVANTAGES?
A.   Yes. The primary disadvantage of passive ventilation occurs in those areas of the country that are subject to a combination of high heat and humidity.   The lack of a positive air flow could create conditions favoring the growth of mildew.   This could be a problem, especially if the shelter was used as a closet to store clothing.

Q.  I LIVE IN A HIGH HEAT AND HUMIDITY AREA AND WAS GOING TO INSTALL MY SHELTER IN AN EXISTING CLOSET.   CAN ANYTHING BE DONE TO PREVENT CONDITIONS FAVORABLE TO MILDEW GROWTH?
A.   Yes.   We have a vent kit that meets tornado shelter standards and can be tied into your HVAC system.   Or you can install a small 110v fan to keep air circulating.

Q.  ARE THER ANY STANDARDS FOR VENTILATION REQUIREMENTS?
A.   Yes.   The standard is to provide one square foot of ventilation area for every one thousand cubic feet of interior shelter space.

Q.  I AM GOING TO BE MOVING, CAN I TAKE MY keepSafe SHELTER WITH ME AND RE-INSTALL IT IN MY NEW RESIDENCE?
A.   Yes.   The only items that cannot be reused are the expansion bolts that attach the keepsaferoom to the concrete.   New ones will have to be purchased.

Q.  DO YOU MANUFACTURE SHELTERS OR ARE YOU A DEALER?
A.   We manufacture.

Q.   DOES keepSafe MANUFACTURE AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER?
A.   No.

Q.   WHY NOT?
A.   We manufacture above ground shelters because an in home shelter is more readily accessible and you don't have to leave shelter to seek shelter.   Research has shown that people are reluctant to interrupt normal living patterns and are prone to wait till the last minute to seek shelter in a shelter remote from the home.   This delay subjects you and your family to flying debris while traveling to the cellar.   Attempting to reach a remote shelter after a storm is in progress can therefore be extremely dangerous.