Fire Prevention - Knox Key Lock Box


The Lake Johanna Fire Department requires that all businesses and multi-unit housing complexes utilize a key lock-box system in order to give emergency personnel access to the building in cases of after-hours medical or fire emergencies.

The Lake Johanna Department uses "Knox-Box" key boxes, which must be ordered from the manufacturing company.

The Fire department is the only entity to possess a master key to open the lock-boxes. A "Knox-Box" is unique to the municipality where it is located, meaning only the Lake Johanna Fire Department can open a lock-box in Arden Hills, North Oaks, and Shoreview.

Residential Options

Residents may also purchase a residential "Knox-Box" if they wish to provide the Fire Department easier access to their home in cases of emergency. Lock-boxes are only used in times of emergency. Order information is below or you may contact the Lake Johanna Fire Department for more information such as mounting locations or product options.

How to Order

To order a "Knox-Box" visit the Knox-Box website.

Select your state (Minnesota) and select your local fire department (Lake Johanna Fire Dept). Confirm the department by selecting “Lake Johanna Fire Dept” and proceed to your desired purchasing method (Local Supplier or Factory Direct).

The Lake Johanna Fire Department only allows the aluminum color to be used for lock boxes in our district (Red is not available for the key boxes). After you compete your purchase, Knox notifies the Lake Johanna Fire Department by email that you have made your purchase. We will review and at that point, if the box ordered is any other color but aluminum, the order will be cancelled and will have to be resubmitted. Once the lock-box arrives, contact the Lake Johanna Fire Department Fire Marshal at 651-415-2104 or firemarshal@ljfd.org placement instructions and to make arrangements for an inspector to meet you at the site to secure your key(s) in the box.