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A Knox Box is a secure key vault that is installed on the exterior of a building near the main entrance. This box contains building keys to provide access for the Fire Department in emergency situations. The Fire Department maintains master keys for the Knox boxes in secure locations.
For new commercial structures and on existing commercial buildings, a Knox Box is not required to be installed in Franklin County, Virginia. However, commercial buildings where access is restricted can cause delays for the Fire Department to gain access either by forcible entry tactics or by waiting for a key holder. Many businesses in the area have had Knox Boxes installed on their buildings.
Knox Box devices may be purchased through the Knox Box website. At the Knox box online store, the department name will be entered as Franklin County Department of Public Safety. If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 540-483-3091.
When installing a Knox Box, consider the following:
Keys to exterior doors, interior doors, and electrical and mechanical rooms, as well as elevator keys, are normally kept on one ring inside the Knox Box. After the Knox Box is installed, the owner or their designee must contact the Franklin County Public Safety Fire Marshal's Office at 540-483-3091 to schedule an appointment to secure the keys and lock the Knox box.