Adams, Pa., passes key box ordinance

Adams businesses with central alarm systems will be required to install a "Knox Box" key box under an ordinance passed by township supervisors Monday.

According to Rich Mann of the Adams Area Fire District, the key box system would improve fire department response times and help minimize property damage. Rapid access would allow volunteer firefighters to investigate emergency calls without key access delays or damage to entry doors.

The box is installed near the business entrance and holds entrance keys, access cards and other small items.

The box is keyed to a master key controlled by the fire department. The boxes will cost about $300.

All new businesses will be required to have the box installed prior to opening. Existing businesses will have one year to install the system. The boxes are optional for businesses without central alarm systems.

Business owners should call the Adams Area Fire District to order the box and arrange locking after installation.