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Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. (International Fire Code 506.1)
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A Knox Box is an entry system that allows the Everett Fire Department to gain entry to your property in the event of an emergency. The components of a Knox Box include a UL-listed steel access box (or other access devices) with a UL-listed steel lid, lock, and key controlled only by the Everett Fire Department. Knox Boxes may be ordered from the Knox Company.
Go to knoxbox.com.
When you reach the knoxbox.com, click "BUY" located on the top right corner of the screen.
You should see “Knox Online Store”.
Use the “Select State/Province” drop-box, and select WASHINGTON.
Using the space that says “Enter department name”, type “Everett Fire Dept” then push the red “Search” button to the right.
The “Everett Fire Dept” show up on the bottom left of the screen, push the blue “Select Department” button located on the bottom right of the screen.
You should see “Everett Fire Dept – EVERETT, WASHINGTON”. Now you are there, you can make your selections.
No. The Fire Department has no interest in the sales of the Knox Company. The only purpose for the Key Lock System is to improve Fire Department Access in emergencies and to reduce property damage caused by forcible entry.
Placement of Box
Please notify the Fire Marshal’s Office with any questions or concerns regarding the placement of your Knox Box.
Property owners do not receive keys that will open their Knox Box. Any key that will open your Knox Box will also open other Knox Boxes in the City. For that reason, only the Fire Department has the master key. When your box is mounted and ready to install keys, call the Fire Marshal’s Office (425-257-8120) and a Fire Inspector will come and place the keys securely in your box.
The Everett Fire Department can assist you in determining this. Keys required will vary from one business to another. Keys can range from all inside doors and all inside doors which control access to shared systems such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), sprinkler systems, alarms, and electric panels.
The Knox Box is a box that property owners install on the exterior of their building that will store entrance keys and cards used exclusively by the fire department during emergencies. When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, the Knox-Box allows immediate entry into a building and/or property by the fire department without forced entry which can cause damage and delay.
There are a variety of Knox Boxes available to choose from the two most common are the surface mount box and recessed mount box. The surface mounted box allows for the box to be mounted directly to a wall or structure with minimal alterations to the building. The recessed mounted box allows for the box to be mounted recessed into a wall where the door of the box will be the only component of the box exposed. It is also important to consider size of the box prior to placing an ordering, first determine the number of keys or cards that will be needed into the box.
An improperly sized box will cause problems for keys to be secured due to the door on the box not being able to be close and lock properly. If the box cannot be secured properly the fire code official can deny the box and a new or additional box may be required, which will cause unwanted delays to your project.
Benefits to having a Knox Box on you building/ business:
KEY SWITCHES -
The key switches is primarily utilized to override electronic gates and motorized doors to allow first responders rapid access. Time is critical during an emergency response. Locked gates, fences, or similar barriers can delay first responders from getting to here help is needed. Key switches allow first responder to open electrical gates and roll-up doors without delays and force entry.
International Fire Code 506.2 An approved lock shall be installed on gates or similar barriers where required by the fire code official.
LOCKING FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION CAPS (FDC) –
The Knox Locking Fire Department Connection Caps (FDC Caps) are designed to protect fire department connections (FDCs), keeping pipes clean of debris to ensure the delivery of high-pressure water flow to fire sprinkler systems, protect from damaged threads, and theft of FDC components.
International Fire Code Section 901.6 Fire detection, alarm and extinguishing systems shall be maintained in an operative condition at all times.
Reasons to use Knox locking FDC caps:
The Knox Padlocks are primarily utilized where manual operated gates have been installed restricting access to fire department access roads and fire lanes.