TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor fire department is looking for another way to gain access into buildings without having to take drastic measures.
Currently, the fire department is using many different keys to gain access to buildings in the fire protection area as well as buildings that are within the municipality.
The plan is to start a lockbox program. First, they want to put the boxes on municipal and privately owned buildings.
Current property owners would store entrance key(s), alarm codes and any other information in high security boxes that would then be mounted to the front of the building.
The department says this way, they would not have to wait for someone to come and open the door, or break the door down to gain access to a building when they are required to do so. They also don’t want to cause damage to any buildings when gaining access or risk firefighter injuries.
The department says the most important benefit is that they can leave the door the way they found it and leaving the property ensuring that it is protected. The lock box program reduces response time, property damage and the liability for lost keys.
The suggestion for now from the fire department is that the department supply the boxes at cost, and have 4-5 on hand until the majority of buildings have them installed. After that, they can keep 1 on hand and order as needed.
This isn’t the first time this type of practice is being suggested. Real Estate Agents sometimes use lockboxes to leave keys when another realtor wants to show a house and they can’t be there to open the house for them.