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by Roy Bardowell, CDDC
State Sen. Bill Dodd introduced legislation February 2, 2018 that would require all new electrical operated garage doors in California to include a backup battery, a measure intended to improve residents’ safety in future disasters or widespread power outages.
Garage doors proved a deadly obstacle for at least five of the 44 victims in October’s 2017 fires. Others were stymied by garage doors that would not open because power had been knocked out by the powerful winds Oct. 8 and 9.
“This devastating fire season exposed a number of vulnerabilities and underscored the need to take swift action to prevent people from becoming future disaster victims,” Dodd, D-Napa, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization, said in a news release.
“We can’t stand idly by, and ensuring we have battery backups for garage doors is a small step that can literally save lives.”
Backup batteries, the release said, are relatively inexpensive and already available for many existing garage door opener models. Many modern garage doors also come with built-in battery backups, but Senate Bill 969 would require all those sold, or installed, in the state to include one.
SB 969, co-authored by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, is scheduled for a committee hearing in March 2018.
“Policymakers have a duty to be proactive and adopt thoughtful policies making our communities safer,” Dodd said in the release. “This isn’t a problem most people have thought of, and I hope this bill raises awareness and prompts people to consider adding a battery backup. ”Now is a good time to remind all users of garage door operators they have a RED release handle on the operator rail that when pulled will release the door from the operator, hence permitting manual operation of the door, providing the door is working well. It is important to test the manual release every month to test the door and test for proper operation.
To test the door:
On April 3rd California State Bill 969 did pass committee, 7 Yes to 0 No's, and will go to the senate floor for a vote. If passed by both houses of the California legislature and signed by the governor; this bill would require an automatic garage door opener manufactured for sale, purchased, sold, offered for sale, or installed in a residence in the state of California to have a battery backup function and would make a violation of those provisions subject to a civil penalty of $1,000. A seller who violates the notice requirements relating to automatic garage door openers, would be subject to a civil penalty of $500. If passed, the bill would become effective on January 1, 2019, but you don’t have to wait until then. Guardian sells many residential door operator models with a battery backup right here in southern California. These operators will currently comply with the requirements written in California State Bill 969. Call your local garage door service company and specify Guardian.
Roy Bardowell, CDDC, is a member of the tech support team at Micanan Systems. He served as Operations Manager at Guardian Access & Door Hardware until 2012. He has been in the door and operator industry since 1973 and is known as one of the industry’s most experienced operator technicians and trainers. Roy received the IDEA Commitment to Excellence award in 2008 and IDA’s Jerry R. Reynolds Volunteer Service Award in 2017. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org