Tahoe chief’s corner: A Knox Box locks your keys safely | SierraSun.com

Tahoe chief’s corner: A Knox Box locks your keys safely

Mike Brown

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A Knox Box protects your property from forced entry damage during fire and medical emergencies as well as alarm activations. The Knox Box system is UL listed and used by 8,500 fire departments nationwide.

How does it work? The homeowner purchases a secure residential Knox Box and has it mounted near their front door, or if you live in a gated neighborhood or residence, a Knox Key Switch for gate emergency access.

A fire department representative comes to your home and locks an access key that you provide into the box. Emergency responders now have access to your home through the use of a Knox Box master key that is only possessed by the fire department.

How does having fire department access into my home benefit me as a homeowner?

Fire department access allows rapid entry to render emergency care in the event you are unable to get to the door because of sickness or injury.

It also allows fire personnel damage-free entry into your home to investigate fire alarm activation while you are away.

Fire department access allows entry to investigate pipe breaks resulting in water damage while you are not home.

Fire department access allows for quicker preparation in an emergency.

How do I purchase a Knox Box for my residence? A Knox Box can be ordered on line at http://www.knoxbox.com or through the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District by visiting the administration building located at 866 Oriole Way, Incline Village, or by calling 775-831-0351, ext. 0.

“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.

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