City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Knox Boxes

The Fire Division, in conjunction with the Knox Company, utilizes a program where residents and businesses may purchase a mini lockable vault that gives firefighters access to keys to gain entry to buildings in emergency situations.

Popular with homes or businesses with alarm systems, or residents who are infirm or prone to illness or injury, this system has been in use for many years. Only the Fire Division has access to the master key. The boxes are miniature steel vaults that the resident or business installs on the exterior of the structure.

In times of emergency, the dispatcher tells firefighters if a Knox-Box is on-site. If so, arriving personnel can use a special key to access the building keys and gain entrance without having to force a door or damage the building.

To purchase a Knox-Box or obtain more information about this device, contact the Fire Prevention Office at 614-583-5115.