With their large fluctuating population and limited access, school campuses present unique challenges for emergency responders. As a group, students are unfamiliar with the consequences of unsafe activities. They have a sense of being invincible. And in many cases, do not understand the need for fire safety.
Schools on the other hand must balance the ever increasing need for security with fire safety. In today’s environment, schools limit access to their campus and its buildings with most access points being locked or blocked off. Buildings generally have one or two access points open for entry. Additionally, fences surround many campuses, presenting yet another barrier. And for large campuses, vehicular access is limited with many roads and lanes into the campus blocked off with gates or chains.
Knox-Box key boxes ensure efficient response to campus emergencies by securing entrance keys and preplan documents where they are needed most. With the Knox System, access is immediately available to responders. Doors, gates and chained off lanes and streets can be opened with just one key – the Knox Master Key. Emergency responders can get in and campus personnel can focus their attention on getting those on campus to safety. Protect students and property by providing a complete and secure key control system for emergency responder access to campus facilities.
In today’s world, campuses can be very closed off to outsiders, including emergency responders. Gaining access during school hours can be just as difficult as after hours. With the Knox System, access is immediately available to responders. Doors, gates and chained off lanes and streets can be opened with just one key – the Knox Master Key. Emergency responders can get in and campus personnel can focus their attention on getting those on campus to safety.
The Knox FDC Plug and SecureCap were developed to secure fire department connections (FDC) on campus buildings. Open connections quickly become trash receptacles. Normally prone to vandalism, the stainless steel locking plug and cap secure the connection and prevent debris from clogging the fire sprinkler system. The plug and cap are easily removed with a Knox Keywrench carried by the responding jurisdiction’s fire department. Reduce the possibility of blocked or plugged connections by installing a locking Knox® FDC Plug and SecureCap on all fire department connections.
Campuses have hazardous materials on-site. Science departments keep a stockpile of chemicals for use in class experiments, while the art department has paints and cleaning supplies that can pose a serious hazard to responders. Knox® Cabinets provide onsite access to MSDS, pre-incident, specific Haz-Mat data, entrance keys, access cards, floor plans and other building entry items needed in an emergency.
There are two options that allow Campus Safety officials to share the Knox Rapid Entry System with the fire department. The high security Knox Master Key can be submastered for shared access to all facilities or to selected properties and gates.
Submastering would be authorized by the fire department. Dual locks on key vaults and cabinets provide the second option for shared Knox System access.