Message from the Fire Marshal: Install a Knox Box on your home or rental property

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I want to stress the importance of installing a home Knox Box on your home or rental property. As summer ends, some residents will leave their summer homes and these homes are unattended during the winter months. Access to these occupancies in cases where a fire alarm may be sounding due to a false activation is extremely important. If we don't have an access key we will have to force entry into the home which causes unnecessary expensive damage to windows and doors. If your home has a Knox Box installed, the fire department can access the home, take care of the situation, and safely secure the home. In cases where the home is occupied, access time to get into the house is extremely vital. If you are sick or injured and cannot reach the door, a home Knox Box will guarantee first responders can get to you quickly. This is a small investment that can save you thousands of dollars and possibly your life. For more information on purchasing your Knox Box, visit See video below

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Stay Safe,

John Planas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Essex Fire Marshal