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New lockbox program will expedite emergency access into Beachwood homes; reduce property damage caused by first responder forced entry
BEACHWOOD, OH— The Beachwood Department of Fire-Rescue is offering a new residential lockbox program that will expedite emergency access into homes during emergencies and reduce property damage caused by first responder forced entry.
“Often times in emergency situations people are not able to open their door,” said Mayor Merle S. Gorden. “The lockbox program will offer a faster and less costly solution than breaking down a door to help victims.”
Residents who choose to opt-in to this program will pay a one-time $30 fee for a small, secure metal box which they will hang over the front door of their home, with a spare key inside. The box is locked by a unique key that is accessible exclusively by Beachwood Fire Department and only in the event of an emergency.
Residents interested in purchasing a lock box should contact the Beachwood Fire Department at 216.292.1965. An application and release form are required.