Another measure to keep you and your family safe

The Terre Haute Fire Department says a new safety measure called the Knox Box could save lives.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2019 6:53 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - First responders are already using Knox Boxes on commercial properties like businesses and construction sites. It's actually required for them.

Now, the fire department here wants to use the same technique for your homes.

The box is mounted to the side of your house or garage.

Then in an emergency, the fire department could get in your house with no problem and not have to bust down your door.

Any first responder will tell you, getting inside a building without a key is harder and puts more lives at risk

"There's no waiting," Norm Loudermilk, lead arson investigator said. "As soon as we arrive on the scene and there's a Knox Box we're going to the rig getting the key and we're in that house within 30 seconds."

He said the Knox Box would have come in handy during a recent emergency call.

"She couldn't get up, so she drug herself across the floor to get to the front door to let the firefighters in," he said. "Had she not been able to do that then the fire department or the police would have had to force entry."

He said it's something that could save lives.

"The quicker response that we can get there and help them the better it is," Loudermilk said. "So, in our community, we have a pretty good response time so in order to be able to help people absolutely every second counts."

You can buy a Knox Box for yourself or a family member right now. 

You can find them on the website, here or call them at 800-552-5669 and tell them you are in the Terre Haute Fire Department jurisdiction. 

After you get your Knox Box, follow the directions and then call THFD. Someone will come out and lock the box for you.

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