Sealy Fire Department urges residents to purchase Knox Box


The Knox Box is a solution for safety and security for those when a house is left unattended or those unable to answer the phone during an emergency. The Sealy Volunteer Fire Department is the only one that can open the boxes by a key obtained from the fire truck key secure system.

The key is protected through a password code system, which documents key removal when it is taken out and by whom. Residents who purchase the Knox Box will be added into the 911 system as having a Knox Box with a key at their house.

Residents order the box through the Knox Box website and when they install it on the door, the fire department will come and lock the box so only they can get into it.

“We come out, we lock it and we walk away. [Residents] can put in a zip tie on the box so they can tell if someone has messed with it,” Sealy Fire Department Captain Randy Otswald said.

“If an elderly woman falls, if the house has smoke in it or its on fire, we can come out and unlock the box and the front door, take care of whatever problem exists, then lock up their house and put away the key back in the box,” he said.

Otswald said the benefit of having a Knox Box is so residents won’t have their house damaged during emergencies.

“If we have to get into your house for any reason such as an EMS or fire run, the benefit is we don’t have to tear your door up,” Otswald said.

The model featured in the above photo is the Knox HomeBox, Linen, Standard Door Hanger model 1502DH, which retails at $174.00.


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