Loaner Knox Boxes Now Available from Fire Department
The Oxford Fire Department has loaner Knox Boxes available for short-term use. 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.
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.