Have you been contemplating getting a battery backup for your garage door? Did you know that it’s actually required by law now? Keep ready to learn more!
California Law-SB 969 requires you to have a battery backup function for your garage door.
As of July 1, 2019, it isn’t just a suggestion that you should have a battery backup for your garage door. In fact, it’s the law. California Law-SB 969 was signed into law on September 21, 2018, with support from both sides of the aisle. It requires any garage door opener sold, offered for sale, or installed to have a battery backup function. The battery backup function must keep the garage door open in the event that the electricity goes out.
Why does it matter if I have a battery backup?
You might think it doesn’t matter if you have a battery backup for your garage door, but you’re wrong. Not only can not having a battery backup for your garage door in California cost you a $1,000 civil penalty, but it can also create a safety hazard.
In 2017, one of the worst years for wildfires in California history, 1.5 million acres of land were destroyed, there was over $18 billion in property damage, and—worst of all—47 lives were tragically lost. At least 5 of these individuals died in their garage because they were unable to get out to a power outage.
Can a battery backup really save your life?
Imagine that you’re being told to evacuate and reluctantly agree. Your neighbors are all fleeing as you pack up some valuables. Then, you go into your garage to leave. The car is packed up, but because the power is out, your garage door won’t open so you cannot leave. What now? In many cases, individuals are stuck in their houses, hoping that the fire changes course. In some instances, like in the case of the 5 people who died in 2017, they were consumed in the fire.
So the answer is yes, having a battery backup can save your life.
Contact Carroll Garage Doors to have a battery backup installed!
If you need to have a battery backup installed in your garage, Carroll Garage Doors can help. Since 1995, we’ve been providing quality garage door services and we would be happy to help you by installing a battery backup in your garage. Not only is it the law, but it can also keep your family safe! For your battery backup and other garage door needs, contact Carroll Garage Doors today at 1-888-578-2360 to request service!
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