The International Fire Code Section 506 Key Boxes, requires the use of key boxes “where access to or within a structure or area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or firefighting purposes”.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department has a Knox Security Program regulated by Standard Operating Procedure 302.20. Proper location of Knox security devices assists crews with rapid entry into secured areas while reducing or eliminating damage to property.

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General Installation Requirements

  • Installation of all boxes will be no higher than 5’ above the finished floor or grade and no lower than 2’ above the finished floor or grade.
  • Installation of boxes will be on the right side and within 6’ of the entry door, sprinkler room door, elevator door, or as designated by the Prevention Division.
  • Knox Boxes installed adjacent to sprinkler room access doors shall be positioned directly below an exterior notification device.
  • The Prevention Division recommends recessed mounting when available.

Recommended Knox-Box Models

  • Knox Box 3200 with hinged door for single occupancy buildings or small strip mall applications. This box will hold up to 10 keys or access cards.
  • Knox Box 4100. with hinged door for multi-occupancy buildings or when more than 10 keys or access cards are necessary.
  • Knox Elevator/Lobby Key Box 1400. For occupancies with an elevator. This box will hold nine (9) keys plus two (2) elevator “drop” keys and may be expanded by an additional 13 keys.
  • Any Knox Box as designated by the Prevention Division. (If you prefer another Knox model or style, please notify us and we will add it to the list.)

Installation Applications

Big Box Structures:

  • Knox-Box is required to the right of main entry door. Additional locations may be necessary such as sprinkler access room and additional door(s) at the rear of the structure. Final number and location will be determined by the Prevention Division.
Strip Malls:
  • A Knox-Box is required to be located near the center of the strip in a visible and unobstructed location. Additional locations may be necessary such as sprinkler access room and additional door(s) at the rear of the structure. Final number and location will be determined by the Prevention Division.

Small Commercial Structures:

  • A Knox-Box is required to the right of the main entry door. Additional locations may be necessary such as sprinkler access room and additional door(s) at the rear of the structure. Final number and location will be determined by the Prevention Division.

High Rise Buildings:

  • A Knox-Box is required to the right of the main entry door and to the right of all elevator banks if separated by more than 50’. Additional locations may be necessary such as sprinkler access room and additional door(s) at the rear of the rear of the structure. Final number and location will be determined by the Prevention Division.

Knox Padlocks

Knox padlocks provide secure control of gates, doors, and chain in place of conventional locks. The Knox padlock may be placed on or within the security feature and quickly removed via a department key for access. Knox padlocks allow for an area to be re-secured on departure.

Knox FDC Caps

New or remodeled structures will be required to utilize Knox locking caps to protect the FDC for auto sprinkler and standpipe systems. These caps will protect the FDC threads and swivels from accidental damage and remove the ability of persons to vandalize the FDC by placing debris in the intakes.