Door Entry Keysafes

What do you do if an elderly relative lives alone, and has a carer visiting several times during the week, but on occasions has had problems getting to the front door.

It is not practical to have multiple spare keys cut and given out, nor is it safe to leave a key under the mat.

The best option is to fit a small keysafe outside the front door. The number can be given to the care company, or to any family members who need it.

This type of key security is also useful because the code can even be used by paramedics who may only have a few minutes to aid a patient in an emergency. Some recommend that when the emergency calls are placed, the key safe code be given to the emergency personnel so that entry into the home by force will not be required. There are many case histories that show that heart attack victims who have given the key safe code over the phone to the emergency staff were saved only because the paramedics were able to enter and revive the victims quickly. The few minutes that may have been wasted searching for a means of entry into a home may have cost a life.

It is also worth considering using the
Lions Club "Message In A Bottle" scheme. Click here for details.

As a company, it is our policy not to hold keys on behalf of clients, so we ask that if a client may not always be able to answer the door that a keysafe is fitted.

Several different keysafes are shown below. These are firmly fixed to the wall near to the front door. They will normally hold one or two "Yale" type keys, and the access code can be changed as required.


 

Illuminated Key Safe

Master Lock Reinforced Combination Key Safe   Master Lock Push Button Combination Key Safe Master Lock 5-Key Combination Key Safe  
Master Lock Illuminated Key Safe Master Lock Reinforced Combination Key Safe Sentinel Push Button wall mounted Key Safe Master Lock Push Button Combination Key Safe  Master Lock 5-key Combination Key Safe


Also - Whilst not exactly a keysafe, it is may be useful to know that it is possible to buy bolts with a built-in combination lock. This might be used for securing a cupboard containing drugs or similar material which a carer needs access to, but which a vulnerable person may need to be protected from. The benefit of a locking bolt, rather than a staple and hasp and padlock, is that there is nothing to misplace. Both Yale and Squire make these, and probably others as well, and they are available from Screwfix, and other suppliers. The Squire bolt (below left) looks to be the sturdier of the two. The combination can be easily reset once the bolt is unlocked.

 http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/27477_P Yale

Squire Combination Locking Bolt


Yale Y600 Security Combination Door Bolt

                   



Suggested Suppliers

Supplier Comments
Amazon

 
Screwfix Screwfix now have a branch in Bracknell from where you can collect orders without incurring a carriage charge.
The Safe Shop

 
Homebase

 
Keysafe.co.uk

 
Discount Lock