What is a Knox Box and how do I get an application?

A Knox Box is a case hardened, tamper-proof steel box that is purchased by a building owner for installation on the exterior of the building. The Fire Department is the only party that maintains a key to the exterior door on the box. Within the interior of the box, the building owner would provide and store any keys that the Fire Department could use to gain access to the interior of a building without having to force entry, thus preventing damage to doors or windows during normal operations.

City of Wheaton local codes do require Knox Boxes on all non-single/two-family structures. Product information regarding Knox Boxes can be obtained at their online store. Applications must be obtained through the Fire Department by contacting our offices. Knox Company will not sell a product without authorization by the Fire Department in order to maintain the highest levels of security.

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