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.