Further information about Knox Box Rapid Entry Systems can be obtained at the Knox Company website.
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A Knox Box is a secure key vault that is installed on the exterior of a building near the main entrance. This box contains building keys to provide access for the Fire Department in emergency situations. The Fire Department maintains master keys for the Knox Boxes in secure locations.
No, a Knox Box is not required to be installed in Lynchburg, Virginia. However, commercial buildings where access is restricted can cause delays for the Fire Department to gain access either by forcible entry tactics or by waiting for a key holder. Many businesses in the area have had Knox Boxes installed on their buildings since the program started here in 1999.
Knox Box devices may only be purchased through the Knox Box Company. Contact may be made at the Knox website or by phone at 800-552-5669. When ordering the box, an area zip code must be keyed that coincides with the Lynchburg Fire Department's response area.
Knox Boxes shall be mounted as near as possible to the primary entry door and shall not be visually obstructed. This normally will be the main entrance door to the business. The box should not be located further than six feet laterally from the door. The Knox Box should be installed no higher than five feet or no lower than two feet above the ground or walk area. The Knox Box for a gate shall be located on the gate or on a fence or wall within six feet of the gate.
Keys to exterior doors, interior doors, electrical and mechanical rooms, and elevator keys are normally kept on one ring inside the Knox Box. After the Knox Box is installed, the owner or their designee must contact the Lynchburg Fire Marshal's Office at 434-455-6375 to schedule an appointment to secure the keys and lock the Knox box.