Key Box Systems
A key box system provides a rapid and reliable access method to buildings
to determine the cause of a fire alarm or other fire protection system
activation without the expense of having to repair doors or windows damaged
due to forced entry by the fire department. All necessary access keys
to the building are marked and kept in the key box. The fire department's
master key is kept under strict supervision and security.
Access to Structures or Areas
- Access Boxes: The AHJ shall have the authority to
require an access box(es) to be installed in an accessible location
where access to or within a structure or area is difficult because of
- Access to Gated Subdivisions or Developments: The
AHJ shall have the authority to require fire department access be provided
to gated subdivisions or developments through the use of an approved
device or system.
- Access Maintenance: The owner or occupant of a structure
or area, with required fire department access as specified in 10.12
or 10.12.2, shall notify the AHJ when the access is modified in a manner
that could prevent fire departments access.
The following are the installation /design guidelines when such a key
box system is provided.
Procedures for Obtaining Key Box
The following steps must be followed to obtain a key box.
- Obtain an Authorization Form from the representative of the appropriate
fire department (A.H.J.) and complete the necessary information.
- Execute a check to the key box company in the correct amount for the
model selected (See mounting comments below) and all associated charges.
- Return both the completed form and the check to the appropriate fire
department (A.H.J.) Do not mail the items directly to the key
box company as they must be executed by the A.H.J.
- The fire department will check the form for completeness, counter
sign the authorization form and forward the entire package to the key
The key box will arrive in about six (6) weeks after the order is placed.
It will arrive in an open position and you must contact the fire department
(A.H.J.) in order to have the key box locked.
The following guidelines are provided for locating the key box however
the specific location shall be coordinated with the authority having jurisdiction
(A.H.J.) prior to installation.
- Installation height of the key box shall be not more than six feet
(6') or as specifically approved by the A.H.J.
- The key box should not be hidden by shrubbery or other screening material
- The key box should be located to the right of the door nearest to
the fire alarm panel, if the building is so equipped. Again, the specific
location should be coordinated with the A.H.J. to insure the adequacy
of access to the key box after installation
The key box should be mounted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions
which are included with the box upon delivery. It is essential that the
key box be mounted securely and shall be a recessed model unless otherwise
approved by the A.H.J. Any firm who deems it appropriate may also order
the key box equipped with a tamper switch that can then be tied into the
firm's burglar alarm for increased security.
For ease of identification the following color coding key tag system
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