City of Palmer/Greater Palmer Fire Service Area
Central Mat-Su Fire Service Area
A Knox Box, known officially as the KNOX-BOX© Rapid Entry System, is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and fire departments. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, Knox© products allow immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. Property owners store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Boxes mounted near building entrances. Each Knox-Box purchased by a property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by the local fire department.
In addition to key boxes and vaults, Knox padlocks and key switches operate with the same master key. There are so many gated communities today that fire and police departments are delayed when responding to emergency calls. Increased property damage and even total loss is a threat when property is not accessible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mounting instructions are included with your Knox Box purchase. Install the Knox Box no higher than 5 feet from the ground, on the front of building, near the main entrance. If installation is within the Central Mat-Su Fire Service Area, contact the Michelle Wagner in the Fire Code Office (907-861-8030) to schedule a site visit and lock your access key(s) inside the box. For all other service areas within the Borough, contact Casey Laughlin (907-861-8005). See the Knox Box website for instructions on proper mounting.
When you have installed your box, contact Casey Laughlin at 861-8005 or Michelle Wagner at 861-8030 to arrange for someone to come out and lock your key in your Knox Box.
The Knox Box itself is a high security key vault that is UL listed against physical attack.
In case of an emergency, a Knox Box allows firefighters faster access without costly forced-entry damage.
A Knox Box is part of a high-security key box system, designed to give firefighters and emergency services immediate access to locked buildings, elevators, and other secured areas.
2012 International Fire Code©
506.1 Where required. Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location n. The key box shall be of an approved type and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the fire code official.
506.1.1 Locks. An approved lock shall be installed on gates or similar barriers when required by the fire code official.
506.2 Key box maintenance. The operator of the building shall immediately notify the fire code official and provide the new key when a lock is changed or rekeyed. The key to such lock shall be secured in the key box.