Beginning July 1, 2019, The SB-969 bill requires an automatic garage door opener that is manufactured for sale, sold, offered for sale, or installed in a residence to have a battery backup function that is designed to operate when activated because of an electrical outage. The bill would make a violation of those provisions subject to a civil penalty of $1,000. The bill would, on and after July 1, 2019, prohibit a replacement residential garage door from being installed in a manner that connects the door to an existing garage door opener that does not meet the requirements of these provisions.
Why was SB-969 introduced?
SB-969 was introduced in response to the 2017 wildfires that left people trapped in their garages with no power to the garage door openers. Some individuals lost their lives due to not being able to lift their garage doors manually.
Are there any other restrictions that would require me to purchase a battery backup garage door opener?
If your current garage door opener has a battery backup, or if you install a new garage door opener with a battery backup, make sure that there is a fully charged battery installed with your opener. If you do not have this feature, there are several models G&G offer in the market today that have this feature. Take a look at our website and find our Openers & Specialty Openers.
What should I know about the SB-969 bill?
If you are replacing your garage door or garage door opener after July 1st, 2019, only a battery backup garage door opener can be installed in the residence. However, we encourage installing a garage door opener with battery backup now and not waiting until July 1st, 2019.
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Normally you would run into these glass panel garage doors at firehouses, but did you know some homeowners actually use these glass panel doors to open up their home and living spaces? If you had a home where you could have an open all space that can open and close at the push of a button, where would you put it?
The possibilities are endless. Do you want more lighting in your home and the feeling of open spaces? Fan of industrial style and design? This could be your dream element to add to your home. If you are entertaining guests then what better way to show off your home by opening your wall to your backyard, where you could have a beautiful picnic table set up waiting for your guests to enjoy! Or perhaps you would like to open up your back living area to a beautiful gorgeous pool where you can take the leap right into your pool from your living room.
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The leading cause of garage fires is electrical malfunction. Prevent home garage fires by following these tips!
1. Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from your home or an approved flammable liquids storage cabinet.
2. Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances.
3. Avoid storage of combustibles near water heaters.
4. Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet.
5. Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
6. Install a heat alarm (not a smoke alarm) in your garage. The heat alarm will sound if the temperature rises too high. Heat alarms are another useful part of any home fire detection system.