Lockboxes For Seniors

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA 92593-B

One of the services our local Fire Department offers is a FREE lockbox service for our senior citizens.

A couple of years ago the Georgetown MA Fire Department implemented a residential Lock Box Program to expedite access to senior and handicapped adults’ homes during emergencies.

In many emergency situations, individuals who call 911 may not be able to open their door when firefighters arrive, especially if a person falls, has a stroke, or is experiencing a heart attack. Currently, firefighters must break through a door or a window, causing damage and costing money and valuable time.

Through the Lock Box Program, participants install a small box outside their home, with a keycode that they and the Fire Department have access to in the event that immediate access into their home is needed. In turn, the likelihood of property damage caused by the firefighters forcing entry into a residence is greatly reduced.

Seniors 60 years old and over, who live alone or are left alone on a regular basis, are eligible to participate. The program is funded through a $2,700 grant from the Senior SAFE Program, which is administered through the Department of Fire Services. The grant was written by Donna Robbin, the Fire Department’s SAFE coordinator.

How does the program work?

  • Eligible participants should contact the Georgetown Council on Aging to obtain information for installation of the lockbox.
  • A time and date will be scheduled with the Fire Department for installation of the lock box, at which time a spare house key to the door being accessed will need to be made available.
  • The Fire Department will determine the best location for the lockbox that allows quick access for firefighters.
  • The lockbox will only be used during an emergency call when first responders can’t make entry without using force. At no time will the lockbox be used nor will entry be made without authorization.
  • There is no cost to participate in the Lock Box Program, other than the cost of a spare key to the door that will be accessed.
  • A participant may withdraw from the Lock Box Program at any time by contacting the Fire Department. The Lock Box will be removed from the residence and the key returned to the participant.
  • Participants will be contacted annually to ensure records stay current. (i.e., door locks are changed or resident relocates). If the home is sold the lock box will be returned to the fire department.

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Comments (71)

Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

"those of us that are getting a bit older" Ginger Harper. Very diplomatic ...lol. I hope more communities adopt the program AND seniors participate

Feb 07, 2023 09:59 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

That's my hope from AR members Dr. Paula McDonald It is a worthwhile program

Feb 07, 2023 10:00 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Elyse Berman, PA maybe you could bring it to your community Fire Dept 

Feb 07, 2023 10:02 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
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Hello Bob "RealMan" Timm This could be an AR movement across the country =:o)

Feb 07, 2023 10:04 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hello Lynda Eisenmann and nice to meet you. It is a great program and benefits everyone

Feb 07, 2023 10:06 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Yes, I forgot about that Alan May It makes the job easier to do

Feb 07, 2023 10:08 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Exactly Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 It really benefits all involved

Feb 07, 2023 10:10 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Please do Roy Kelley We can make it an Active Rain movement across the country

Feb 07, 2023 10:11 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hello Olga Simoncelli Thaks for stopping by. I hope you do ask your fire dept if they offer the program

Feb 07, 2023 10:12 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hello Carla Freund I think all communities should institute the program

Feb 07, 2023 10:13 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Michael J. Perry that's along the same idea. It's a good thing to do

Feb 07, 2023 10:14 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Exactly Matt Brady Does your community offer this service or a similar one?

Feb 07, 2023 10:15 AM
Matt Brady

This is the first I have heard of this, and will have to see if it is available here.

Feb 07, 2023 10:33 AM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor" RETIRED

Good to know Doug Dawes it could also be an opportunity like for myself to Sponsor it...

Feb 07, 2023 10:20 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Great program, something like this should be in every community.

Feb 07, 2023 11:51 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I agree with you Shayne Stone 

Feb 07, 2023 03:50 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Absolutely Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 we are in 100% agreement about this

Feb 07, 2023 03:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This is a great idea, Doug, and something new to me. I did some research and our local fire department recommends the Knox Boxes, and the San Diego fire department has a Knox Box program for qualified seniors in their fire district with free purchase and installation.

Jeff

Feb 07, 2023 05:10 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Afternoon, Jeff Dowler, CRS 

That's good to know your community is involved in that program

Feb 08, 2023 09:42 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Doug Dawes - Now that's a great idea! I love that your Fire Department cares, really, really cares about its seniors in the Community. 

Feb 08, 2023 02:36 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Patricia,

They do and they don't like having to break a door down to gain access. Having a key makes much more sense

Feb 09, 2023 09:08 AM