Knox Box

A key box (Knox Box) is required for all new construction and major up-fits for commercial and multi-family properties per North Carolina Fire Code 506.1.

Order a Knox Box

  • Visit the Knox website
  • Click "Buy Now"
  • Enter "Winston Salem" for Department
  • Select the appropriate Lock box and complete order
  • Order will be reviewed by Winston-Salem Fire Department fire marshals and then shipped upon approval.
Knox Box TypeModel NumberMounting SPECIFICATIONS

Lock Box

Size Standard : Model 3261
Size Large : Model 4401
  • Should be mounted 5ft from the floor to center of box
  • Easily visible and close to the natural entrance of structure

Elevator Knox Box

Model 1403
  • Mounted 5 ft from the floor to center of box
  • MUST be located on the lowest floor of FD Dispatch (location of elevator recall)
  • MUST be located in elevator lobby
  • Preferably to the right of elevator
  • MUST contain elevator key AND fireman’s key

Knox Pad Lock

Gate / Key Switch

Padlock: Model 3771
Gate/ Key Switch: Model 3501

North Carolina State Building Code: Fire Code: Section 506

Key Boxes 506.1: Where required. Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. The key box shall be of an approved type and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the fire code official.

506.1.1 Locks: An approved lock shall be installed on gates or similar barriers when required by the fire code official.

506.2 Key box maintenance: The operator of the building shall immediately notify the fire code official and provide the new key when a lock is changed or re-keyed. The key to such lock shall be secured in the key box.