When I was 17 and moving into my first apartment, where I would be living blissfully alone, I went to set up phone service. When I said I only needed one phone the customer service person asked if I was going to live in a studio apartment. I said "no" so he said "then you need two phones -- a young woman living alone should always have a phone in her bedroom, and a way to lock or block the door". He went on to give me a lovely little fatherly talk about safety and told me he wanted me to be safe.
I guess his lesson stuck because even in the era of cell phones I insist on having a land line on each floor of the house. "What if there's a fire? What if someone breaks in? What if... what if... what if?"
Mr. B insists I'm ridiculous -- even though he leaves his cell phone at the front door, turned off, every day when he comes home from work. My cell phone is always in my purse, usually turned off. If something happened there is no way we could get to our cell phones quickly.
The last of our land lines bit the dust yesterday so I'm going out to buy replacements today.
Mr. B insists I'm being ridiculous.
No, you're not being ridiculous.
However, I spent about 2/3's of my life worrying about all the "what ifs" some people instilled in me early on. At that point I had an awakening, realizing not one of those "what ifs" had happened. Oh, I guess maybe a version of some of them happened, but they were handled the same way as if I had spent years waiting for that shoe to drop.
If you've determined for yourself, for your reasons that having a phone in your room makes you safer, then fine.
If you think you're supposed to feel safer because of some avuncular advice, you may continually question it.
Personally, I feel safer knowing I have a weapon of some kind close at hand in whatever room I'm in. Not necessary a gun, although that's in easy reach of where I sleep. There's other things by my bed that can be utilized in self defense.
If someone breaks in my house, I have the advantage of knowing where all objects that can be used in defense are, in every room.
I guess I figure a lot of damage can be done to me between the time I make a phone call, and the time the cops arrive. I want the opportunity to dish some back out, and get away.
As far as fires, there's no place in my house where I don't have at least 2 exits, as in doors. We did that on purpose.