Knox Box

photo of Knox BoxThe City of El Cerrito Fire Department encourages, and in some instances requires, the use of a KNOX BOX for local homeowners and businesses. This system provides the quickest and most secure method of access to your property or building during an emergency. There are numerous establishments in the city that participate in the program.

How It Works

It's 2:00 a.m. The fire alarm in your building is ringing and the fire department responds. Rather than forcing entry through the door, fire fighters open the KNOX BOX, remove the entrance keys, and immediately enter your facility to search for the cause of the alarm.

Eliminating forced entry means no property damage and no replacement costs for broken windows and forced doorframes or locks. It also means no flying glass to injure firefighters.

You arrive on site knowing that you or your representative did not have to get there before fire fighters could enter your building. The fire department has already determined that a small fire was contained by the sprinkler system. The reduced emergency response time meant immediate shut-off of the sprinkler water supply, resulting in minimal smoke, fire and water damage to your property.

Reasons Why to Install a Knox Box

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  1. Eliminate needless, costly forced entry damage that may not be covered by your insurance deductible.
  2. Assure immediate building entry by fire fighters without delay or waiting for building keys.
  3. Protect inventory, equipment and supplies from unnecessary water damage caused by delayed sprinkler shut-off.
  4. Satisfy local fire codes and emergency access ordinances.
  5. Save time and aggravation by not having to drive to your building at 2:00 a.m. for a false alarm.
  6. Feel secure about emergency coverage when your building is left unattended. The fire department holds the only key to the KNOX BOX.
  7. Maintain building security after a fire alarm investigation by simply re-locking the undamaged door.
  8. Protect your property from thousands of dollars in damage with this one-time, low cost investment.
  9. Depend on the highest lock box security available with attack resistant, UL-tested reliability.
For more information on the KNOX BOX program or to obtain an order form, contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at (817) 426-9174.