Nesquehoning Considers Key Lock Boxes

NESQUEHONING -- When a fire alarm goes off inside a business late at night, fire crews are likely the first ones to the building.

That's why officials in one part of Carbon County are looking into a program that would make it easier for those crews to get in when there's an emergency.

Terry Marouchoc owns Marouchoc's Auto Repair in Nesquehoning. She thinks you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your business. That's why she was interested when she heard about the potential new safety program in this part of Carbon County, the "Key Lock Box Program."

"I think it's a good idea. It really just depends on the price and what it will cost businesses, but I think it's a really good idea because they will have better access," said Marouchoc.

The boxes would be installed on the outside of businesses and apartment buildings. Each box would contain a key to the building and firefighters would have a master key that fits each lock box. It would allow firefighters to easily get into the building when the fire alarm is going off.

"Especially for them, their safety also, you know what I mean? You never know what is in there if you have to break a window, door or whatever it would be a lot safer that way," said Marouchoc.

Some businesses we spoke to tell us they are very interested to learn more about the key boxes and if it will help out in the long run, then they are definitely on board.

John Kovatch IV is president of Kovatch Ford in Nesquehoning. He tells Newswatch 16 that for business owners who live farther away, the program could be very beneficial.

"We would definitely be on board. I think it's a great idea. A lot of times with businesses the key holders aren't home late at night or on the weekends," said Kovatch.

According to Nesquehoning borough and fire officials, the proposal for this program is still in the very early stages. Cost and other factors still need to be worked out.