The Jodie Foster movie Panic Room popularized safe rooms, but they were around long before then. The construction of a fortified room designed to protect building occupants from various threats – be it extreme weather, a home invasion, or nuclear attack – is a fairly old idea. Safe rooms have become more common these days among the wealthy due to fears of terrorism, burglary and kidnapping, and inspectors should be prepared to encounter them. Even if safety defects are not found, inspectors may want to be able to inform their clients about what they should have stored in the safe room, and also be able to spot potential weak points in the room that may compromise their effectiveness. To find out more, check out our new article on safe rooms.