[Added 9-13-2017 by Ord. No. O-2017-10]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- KEY LOCK BOX
- Any container that has the ability to hold the key needed to access the structure.
- KNOX BOX
- The brand of key lock box that is required to be used.
The lock box system will reduce the need for forced entry into structures and should avoid costly and time-consuming efforts in gaining access to locked structures during an emergency.
The following structures shall be required to install a key lock box at or near the main entrance or such other location as approved by the Fire Official:
Residential properties shall be exempt from this requirement. All properties within the Borough of Riverton having an automatic fire alarm system or a fire sprinkler system shall be equipped with a key box. Specifically, the following structures and uses shall be required to comply:
All existing buildings shall comply within 12 months of the effective date of this article. All newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied, or buildings currently under construction shall comply immediately.
The type of key lock boxes to be implemented within the Borough shall be a Knox-Box® brand system.
Key lock box mandatory installation shall be exempt at single-family residential structures.
All Knox-Boxes® shall be installed to the left side of the main business door.
All Knox-Boxes® shall be mounted flush between five and six feet from the ground to the center of the entry if and when possible.
In the event that the rapid entry box system cannot be installed at the aforementioned locations and/or height the Fire Official may designate in writing a different location and installment specifications.
All realty and/or property with an electric security gate shall have the Knox-Box® outside the gate.
A window decal that is included when the Knox-Box® is shipped shall be placed on the exterior access door to alert the Fire Company that a key box is provided.
The Riverton Fire Official must approve, in writing any changes in the installation.
The operator of the building shall immediately notify the Riverton Fire Official and provide the new keys when a lock is changed or rekeyed. The key to such lock shall be secured in the Knox-Box®.
The property owner/operator of the structure shall bear all responsibility of any and all costs associated with the installation, parts, labor and/or maintenance of the Knox-Box®. This shall not be the responsibility of the Borough of Riverton of Riverton Fire Department.
Key box contents. The key boxes shall contain the following:
Any person, entity or corporation who has violated any provisions of this article, who has failed to comply with any order issued by the Riverton Fire Official; or who has failed to comply with any order issued pursuant to any section thereof shall upon conviction before the proper judicial authority be punished by a fine of not more than $500 dollars. Each day a violation continues shall be considered a separate offense, penalties derived therefrom shall be forwarded to the Riverton Fire Trust Account with the exception of court costs.