Effective July 1, 2019, all garage door openers sold must include a battery backups in California. Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair of San Diego here to help you understand the new law and provide information on backup batteries for your garage door opener.
Why The New Law on Garage Door Openers?
As seen on the news and every social media outlet, California’s wildfires have been spreading out of control for many years now. The dry weather mixed with hot winds push down the humidity which dries out the forest. With just a single lightning strike, a careless camper, or a controlled burn that doesn’t stay controlled, a small fire turns into a huge wildfire engulfing everything in its path.
People are Being Trapped in Their Homes
Unfortunately, homes have been in the path of these large wildfires. According to The Sacramento Bee, at least 5 have perished while being stuck in their garage from being unable to get their garage door opened during a power outage caused by the fires.
California Governor Jerry Brown chose to take immediate action and proposed the bill that required new garage door openers to include a backup battery.
For more information, check out the news article from The Sacramento Bee.
What Is a Backup Battery for a Garage Door?
A backup battery is used for your garage door when the power goes out. This allows your garage door opener to continue to work without having to manually open your garage door. The backup battery can either be mounted inside of your garage door opener’s motor housing or on top of the opener, depending on the model purchased.
What About Older Garage Door Openers?
The law passed in California only requires new garage door openers to include a backup battery. Fortunately, you can still have a backup battery installed in your old garage door opener. Depending on the size of the battery, they can range from roughly $60-$100.
While it may be tempting to install it yourself, give us a call to help you out to ensure it is properly installed and performing correctly.
How to Manually Open a Garage Door
If you don’t have a backup battery installed during a power outage, and you need to get out of your garage, follow these below steps:
- Locate your garage door opener and pull down on the emergency release cord
- Push the garage door up all the way until it is locked in place at the top of your garage
- Move your vehicle out of the garage
- Exit your vehicle and pull down the garage door to the ground to close
In the instance that you are physically unable to manually open your garage door during an emergency situation, please call your local emergency line to get immediate assistance.
Call Us Today
When you are ready to have a backup battery installed in your old garage door opener or purchase a new garage door opener, give our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call. We will ensure your new garage door opener is installed with a backup battery to comply with the new law in California to keep you safe if your home is in danger of wildfire.