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California to Enforce Battery Backups on Garage Door Openers

If you have an older garage door or if you’re in the market for a new one, a backup battery can be a very valuable addition. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair wants to let you know that it’s not just a great value decision to add a backup battery, but it can save your life. 

 A new law signed last Friday is hoping to curb the danger and loss of life caused by wildfire power outages as seen in 2017.

California to Enforce Battery Backups on Garage Door Openers

Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law into effect Friday targeting automatic garage doors. This law, Senate Bill 969, is in response to the Northern California wildfires of 2017. At least five people died because they were unable to evacuate their homes due to a power outage caused by the fires.

Penalties and Requirements

Under this new law, automatic garage doors sold after July 1, 2019, are required to come with backup batteries that can provide power in the event of a power outage. To enforce this requirement, “every offending garage door opener” will face a $1000 civil penalty fee. In this way, the legislature hopes that the bill will work to prevent any more deaths due to an unresponsive garage door.

Analyzing the Bill

An analysis of the bill cited reports from 2017 of people stopping to help their neighbors raise garage doors during the wildfires. There are also reports of elderly people lacking the physical strength to manually raise their garage doors. 

Also, there was a mother who struggled to get her disabled son to safety. Their customized van was in a garage with an unresponsive door.

What is a Backup Battery?

A backup battery is a small, 12-volt battery unit that your garage door opener can use for power during an outage. Just like there are many makes and models of garage doors, there are also many different makes and models of garage door openers. 

Some brands that include the option for a backup battery include:

  • Chamberlain
  • MasterCraft
  • Genie
  • Linear
  • LiftMaster

Please note that one brand of a backup battery cannot be used with another brand of garage door opener.

Backup batteries are designed to provide 24 hours of standby power to a garage door opener when fully charged. During this period of time, it can operate 20 full cycles of use (one cycle of use being one open and one close). Backup batteries are rechargeable, and normally are fully recharged in 4 ½ hours. They are also recyclable.

Call Us Now!

The staff here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair is ready and willing to manage all of your backup battery needs. If you want to add a backup battery to your existing garage door or want to learn more, our team is on hand and happy to assist. Call us today and let us work to make your garage and your family safer.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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