Is your safe room actually safe?
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomans are familiar with the destruction after a storm and the rush to install storm shelters afterwards. Shelter experts say customers need to make sure that what they're getting is what they're paying for.Research out this month from Texas Tech University shows a woman's death in an Arkansas tornado, was likely due to bad door on a safe room.The woman died on April 27, 2014 in an EF-4 tornado that ripped through Mayflower."Door failure resulted from the improper usage of a door, frame, and hardware not intended for tornado safe rooms. Just because it was a steel door did not qualify it to be a tornado safe room door," researchers Larry Tanner and Ernst Kiesling wrote in their analysis of the shelter."They actually used a door that you could go to a hardware store and pick up," Richard Crow with Ground Zero Shelters told FOX 25.Crow said he has had to remove and replace dozens of shelters that were not properly built or installed.He said it is important customers research everything about their purchase, so they can ensure they are getting a quality shelter that will withstand a storm."In order to ensure that, they want to check out the company that they're buying from and do the research. Google the owners who own it to see what other business they had. Make sure they're going to be there to stand by behind the warrantee stuff later," he said.Crow says you also need to check out the engineers who give the shelters a stamp of approval, check that the buildings have been impact tested, and fact check what a sales person is telling you about their anchors."Ours cost a lot more on our anchoring system but I don't lose one minute of sleep worrying about your family," he said.