The Knox Box Program is a rapid access system that allows fire and EMS personnel to quickly enter a residential, commercial, or industrial property in the event of an emergency. Knox Boxes are secure key safes that can only be accessed by first responders. Each participating community is provided with a safe key design that is unique to that particular community.
A few good reasons to get a Knox Box:
- Assure immediate building entry by firefighters without delay, such as waiting for building keys
- Eliminate costly forced entry damage that may not be covered by your insurance deductible
- Protect inventory, equipment, and supplies from unnecessary water damage caused by delayed sprinkler system shut-off
- Save time and aggravation by not having to drive to your building at 2:00 am for a false alarm
- Ensure that medical care can be provided in the event that an injured person cannot reach the door
- Peace of mind……knowing that your loved ones, employees, and property are protected
Buildings Requiring a Knox Box
The Elk Grove Village Fire Department requires that a Knox Box be installed on all buildings having an automatic fire alarm or fire suppression system that is supervised by a listed supervising agency and/or in buildings that contain a passenger elevator.
Sufficient keys must be provided to allow access to all areas of the building necessary to mitigate any foreseen emergency condition the Fire Department may be called upon to protect. This includes, but is not limited to, keys to unlock all fire systems control devices, elevator equipment rooms, electrical rooms, storage rooms and other areas as specified and required by the fire department. All keys must be labeled properly to ensure the quickest entry. It is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the fire department if there are any changes that would require the contents of the Knox Box to be updated.
The Fire Department will provide more detailed information that is specific to the building into which access is required. This includes the number of secure boxes required, location, and additional items that may need to be contained within.