Knox Box Loaner Program

Seaside Fire Department has begun a residential Knox Box program available to residents with special needs. A Knox Box is a rapid-entry system designed to provide secure emergency access to a home or property to those living alone or with a history of medical problems.

About the Program

When a fire breaks out or there is a medical emergency, a Knox Box allows the Fire Department to gain immediate access to the home without forced entry damage or delay. The boxes are a vault-style metal box with a door hanger attached and are meant to be placed over the top of the resident’s front entry door. Inside the box, a key to the residence is securely placed for access by emergency crews. 
  • The Knox box will remain the property of the Seaside Fire Department and is only loaned to residents for use at the address listed on the application.
  • The Knox box shall be hung on the front door or securely attached next to the front door, and participants are to provide the Fire Department with a key to the door.
  • Should the homeowner ever change the door locks, it is the resident’s responsibility to notify the Fire Department and provide us with the new door key.
  • The loaner Knox box shall be returned to the Seaside Fire Department when the original participant no longer resides at the property address in question.
For information on obtaining a loaner Knox Box through the Seaside Fire Department or purchasing a Knox Box of your own, please call 831-899-6790

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be deemed eligible and loaned a Knox box from the Seaside Fire Department a person must:
  • Reside within the boundaries of Seaside or Del Rey Oaks.
  • Have an existing short-term medical or physical condition that could render them unable to open a locked entry door in the case of an emergency (i.e. individuals recuperating from a hospital stay or awaiting placement in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility).
  • Fill out a Residential Knox Box Program application (PDF) and follow the program rules.
  • Sign an application and abide by the agreement.