Knox Box Information

A Knox Box, known officially as the KNOX-BOX Rapid Entry System is a small, wall-mounted safe that holds building keys for firefighters and EMTs to retrieve in emergencies.

The Knox Box provides non-destructive emergency access to commercial and residential properties. It provides faster emergency response without forced entry damage. Knox key boxes, vaults and cabinets hold building entrance keys, electronic access cards and vital emergency information. Knox key switches and padlocks also provide fire department access through property gates.

The residential key box provides entry for fire and medical emergencies on residences – single family homes and apartment complexes. It gives the Fire Department fast access to a home when the owner is not there or is unable to answer the door due to illness or disability. Installing a Knox Box also decreases dependence on neighbors or family members who may have misplaced the house key or may be unavailable when emergency help arrives. There is no waiting for a property owner to unlock the door in the middle of the night and no need to force the door open or break windows to gain entry. It can be mounted permanently near the door or directly on the door. For residential use only, it holds a maximum of two keys.

There are numerous benefits to using a Knox Box system:

Emergency Medical Services

When you are injured or become critically ill, paramedics can respond quickly, without forcing entry, when a Knox Box is installed by your front door. They simply remove the entrance key stored inside, provide medical assistance and re-lock the door when they leave.

Fire/Security Alarm Response

If no one is home and an alarm activates, firefighters and other emergency responders must determine if it is a false alarm or an actual emergency. Without a Knox Box, responders often force entry to determine the answer.

Senior Citizen “LifeLine” Support

Elderly and/or critically ill citizens who depend on medical support services such as LifeLine™, also rely on fast response to calls for emergency aid. Knox Box key boxes prevent forced entry and additional stress for the patient.

Paramedic and Firefighter Safety

When emergency responders cannot unlock the front door, they search for an alternate means of entry. Sometimes it is difficult to determine which rear window or door to try before forcing entry. If they accidentally enter the wrong apartment, serious injury can result from the surprised occupant.

Purchase a Knox Box

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Loaner Knox Box

The Oxford Fire Department has loaner Knox Boxes available for short-term use. If you will be rehabilitating from a surgery or other medical condition or are planning to have a relative visiting who will be at home alone, etc., and may not be able to answer the door in an emergency situation, we can loan you a Knox Box for a period up to six months. Complete the Online Application »