Garage owners – you should know about bill no.969
If you don’t know about this new bill it could cost you $1000
California Senate Bill 969
This bill signed last year by California Governor Jerry Brown is effective since July 1, 2019. This legislation requires newly sold or installed garage door openers in residential applications in California to have battery backup.
Not doing so can lead to a $1000 fine.
Why was this bill interduce?
During the catastrophic fires of 2017, many homeowners found themselves in the line of fire and were forced to evacuate their homes.
It was Senator Bill Dodd, who found himself caught inside his garage inside this Napa located home. He couldn’t open the door due the power failure and only thanks to his neighbor, who forced the door open from the outside that he was able to escape.
Another neighbor was forced to drive through his garage door in order to escape. At least 5 people died trapped inside their homes.
What you should know.
This bill requires a battery backup to be installed if you install or replace your garage door. if your current garage door is working fine and you didn’t mean to replace it soon, then don’t worry.
This bill does not apply to you although it’s a very good idea to have a backup battery as we’ve mentioned above. Garage door manufacturers, installers or service providers should be aware of this bill and act accordingly.
If your garage door supplier is not aware of this bill, we recommend you to replace them.
What will happen if you don’t comply with this bill?
After July 1, 2019, no person, corporation, or entity shall manufacture for sale in California, sell, offer for sale at retail or wholesale, or install in California a residential automatic garage door opener that does not have a battery backup function that is designed to operate when activated because of an electrical outage.
Failure to follow this will result in a civil penalty of $1,000 per opener installed and operational.
What to do if I want to install or replace my garage door?
Most garage opener makers already adjusted and now when you buy a new garage door opener, they are required to sell you the backup battery along with it.
All you need to do is to make sure you hire a professional garage door provider and check to see that a battery was installed and checked. In order to check it, turn off the main power switch at your home and test to see that the garage door opens and closes.
The cost of the backup battery is minor ($15-$30 depending on the type). If you intend to buy the garage door yourself make sure it comes with the backup battery).
Here at Integrity garage door we think this bill is a great idea. When it comes to human lives, every safety measure count. Here in San Francisco we must prefer ourselves to emergency cases such as earthquakes and fires.
You should always make sure that you have an escape route in-case of emergency. The added cost for that is almost nothing.