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Key Box Entry Systems

The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority requires key boxes where access to, or within a structure or an area, is restricted because of secured openings, or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving, or fire-fighting purposes.

Key boxes / key switches are required for most buildings and private gates. Owners or managers may wish to provide a key box and keys for fire department access to the interior areas of a building especially where locked doors make access to the building difficult. The decision whether or not to require a key box and keys rests with the Fire Marshal.

Key Boxes Are Required:

  • Buildings that are required by code to provide direct entry access for firefighters.
  • Buildings where access to fire protection systems or alarm systems are hindered due to locked doors that prevent access.
  • Buildings with elevator systems that have fire control capabilities.

For more information, specifications, installation locations, and inspection information please contact the Fire Prevention Office at (253) 856-4400.

Rapid Entry Key Switches
Gates are not permitted to obstruct fire department access. In situations where property owners elect to install electronic gates across a fire department access roadway, a key switch must be installed. Additionally, gate installations across all public roadways and across private roadways / driveways that are deemed to be fire department access roads, that serve single-family homes, multiple homes, or complexes, are also required to submit plans that include the specifications, dimensions, location, address, and property owner contact information for review and approval prior to installation.

Key Switches Are Required
Key switches are required on properties where an electronic gate obstructs access and the distance from the gate to the furthest portion of any structure on the property is greater than 150 feet.

City of Kent and Covington Online Order Information

knoxbox_1000You may now order your key box or key switch online, directly from the Knox Company. Simply visit the Knox website and select the product you wish to order, enter the zip code of the installation address, confirm that Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority is the jurisdiction you wish your box / switch to be keyed to, and then submit payment.

City of SeaTac Key Box Requirements

Buildings within the City of SeaTac require SupraSafe key boxes. Please reference the SeaTac Fire Department Key Boxes.

Additional Information

For more information, specifications, installation locations, and inspection information please contact the Fire Prevention Office at (253) 856-4400.