How to choose safe zone doors
Here’s how to choose the right door barriers for critical areas within your safe zone. Armed with this information you’ll be able to create a secure haven to retreat to at home or work.
Secure your safe zone with recommended Trellidor products
Trellidor franchises are often on the scene of a robbery quite soon after it happens. This is because customers panic after a traumatic event and want their homes secured as quickly as possible. So Trellidor franchise staff are very experienced at creating secure havens.
Forward planning is obviously the better option than waiting for a traumatic incident to happen to you.
So here is our experts’ short list of which Trellidor barrier is best suited to the openings you need to secure once you’ve selected an area as your safe zone.
Shut down your main access doorway with a roller shutter
The main point of entry to your safe haven is usually a passageway or staircase. The recommended product to block it off to intruders is a Trellidor Rollerstyle aluminium shutter.
This shutter has a compact shutter box that can be hidden in a door or ceiling cavity in some instances. Roller shutters don’t need a bottom track so there is no trip hazard.
If you live in a multi-storied home, then consider installing roller shutters on upstairs veranda doors. They will keep intruders out as well as provide an escape route if robbers get into your home. Remember to store a ladder upstairs for this, though. You don’t want to have to jump off a second storey balcony.
Once locked down, roller shutters can’t be forced open. The intruder can’t see you on the other side and can’t grab hold of you either.
We advise customers to ask for a punched viewing panel to be inserted at eye level so that you can see what’s happening through this panel.
Another punched panel at ankle height is another good idea. You can see the intruder if he crouches down to avoid the eye level viewing panel.
Safe zone shutters are usually automated and operated using a hand-held remote or wall-mounted control panel.
Make sure that the wall mounted control panel is fitted inside your safe zone. This way, the intruder will not be able use it to open the shutter.
The control panel must also be positioned at a height that is easily accessible to everyone in the home, including children and wheelchair bound people.
Trellidor Rollerstyle shutters have additional unique features to consider:
- Ask for battery back-up in case of power outages.
- Or opt for a DC motor that lasts for about 40 cycles without power. It can be fitted with a solar panel that takes you off the electricity grid and is great when there are frequent power outages.
- You can link your shutter in to your home automation system for ease of operation.
- Safety sensors on roller shutters can be very useful as they can detect obstacles and avoid tragic accidents such as closing on children or pets.
- Multi-channel remote controls that allow you to add other shutters in the future without having to purchase another remote control.
- Key ring remotes are available for your convenience.
Other Trellidor products to consider for doorways
Trellidor Retractable security gates are popular for passages and staircases, especially since they only need one key in a single lock to shut down the safe zone.
Trellidor Clear Guard hinged doors are an attractive option with excellent strengthening features.
Call your local Trellidor franchise for more safe zone ideas.