19751975, the first Knox-Box® was introduced to the fire service and a unique concept in fire response was born.

What is a Knox box used for?

The Knox Rapid Entry System is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and fire departments. When a fire breaks out, or there is any emergency, the Knox Box Rapid Entry System allows firefighters and paramedics immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay.

What do you put in a Knox Box?

Property owners store keys, access cards, gate keys, etc. in high-security Knox-Boxes mounted near building entrances. Each Knox-Box purchased by a property owner can be opened by a master key controlled by the Fire Department.

What is the company Knox?

About Knox

Since 1975, the Knox Company has successfully developed innovative rapid access solutions for first responders with products that provide fast, safe, and secure entry into commercial, industrial, and residential properties, while minimizing damage and maximizing safety.

How do you mount a Knox Box?

Knox recommends using 3/8” Grade 5 or Grade 8 fasteners and large, thick steel washers to mount the KNOX-BOX to a solid concrete wall. Mounting to a hollow surface requires use of a steel backplate as well, but in either case, the most critical mounting component is the fastener that attaches the KNOX-BOX to the wall.

Are Knox Box keys universal?

All Knox commercial boxes have a standard tamper switch which can be wired to the building’s fire alarm control panel to sound a supervisory alert if the box is opened. The keys for Knox KeySecure are the same throughout a district (the extent of which depends on the district).

Who typically installs Knox Boxes?


  • Installation is the responsibility of the building owner.
  • Secure the KNOX Box to a solid wall, beam or post.
  • The Knox Box must be mounted on the exterior of a structure at a height of five (5) feet from the ground to the bottom of the box.

Where should a Knox-box be installed?

(a) Knox Boxes must be installed within three feet horizontally of the principle entrance door of the building or within three feet horizontally of another entrance to the building which is acceptable to the fire department.

What height should a Knox-box be?

Knox strongly recommends all boxes be installed 6 feet up from the ground. A box at this height is easily accessible by most first responders without the use of a ladder.

What is a Knox key switch?

Knox Gate & Key Switches provide rapid emergency access through electronic gates at a variety of secured locations: Gated communities. Clubhouses. Apartment buildings. Interior fire lane.

What is a Knox Box on a gate?

The KnoxBox®, a high-security key lock box, was designed to provide rapid access for emergency responders to reduce response times, minimize injuries and protect property from forced entry.

What is a gate key?

Gate Key provides the best Visitor Management software solution that is fast, easy to use, economical, and secure. Guards are able to instantly search resident and guest information and print passes, often searching and printing a pass in less than five seconds.

How does a key fob work for a gate?

Key fobs use radio waves to communicate with a reader in the door latch that they are programmed to open. They use a system known as radio frequency identification (RFID), which operates like an electronic barcode for identification purposes. In some respects, it serves the same purpose as a barcode on a credit card.

What is a gate key in skiing?

Gate key is a tool comprising a short open-slotted length of tubular steel used to screw hinged gate poles into holes drilled in the snow.

What happens if you miss a gate in downhill skiing?

Simply put, skiing out means missing a gate at any point during a ski race. The consequences of doing so are instant disqualification from the event even if it spans multiple runs, as slalom, giant slalom and the combined event do at the Winter Olympics.

What happens if you miss a gate in slalom?

If you miss a gate and continue to the finish, miss your start time, or break any of the other rules of the event, or the ski area, you can be disqualified.