Knox Box and Home Security

Knox Box and Home Security


Most homes in Cordillera have both a security alarm system and a fire alarm system.  Local fire codes require that all buildings with fire alarm systems have a Knox Box, a high-security key safe that allows first responders to access the home without forced entry. Knox Boxes are typically mounted on a wall near the front door.  Fire and law enforcement personnel are the only ones who have access to the box; Cordillera Public Safety personnel do not have access. The Knox Box contains keys and medical cards, and homeowners should periodically check to assure that contents are current.

Contact the Eagle River Fire Protection District at (970) 748-4739 for a Knox Box inspection and for information or inspections regarding the fire alarm and suppression system in your home.


Public Safety responds to all environmental alarms that monitor water leaks, water flows, low or high temperatures, gas leaks, and high levels of carbon monoxide. As broken pipes are the leading cause of damage in Cordillera properties, homeowners are encouraged to use alarm devices to protect their properties. During the winter, Cordillera Public Safety will treat low temperature alarms as emergencies, as this may indicate an issue with the heating system or an open window. Low temperature devices should be installed in the cooler areas of the residence.

Homeowners may provide a door or garage code to their home, which allows Cordillera Public Safety personnel to enter the structure in the event of an environmental alarm.

Homeowners must complete and sign an emergency waiver if they would like to authorize Cordillera Public Safety to access the home in the event of an environmental alarm. For additional information, please contact Cordillera Public Safety: (970) 926-2335.