By Albert Ornelas
DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
Installation of this device is one way to ensure that your garage door is ready to operate during an electrical outage, in compliance with California SB 969.
The recent California wildfires revealed that, during a power outage, failure of a garage door to open can result in injury or death. In 2017, five people died because they were unable to open their garage doors manually. To prevent tragedies of this kind, the California Legislature passed SB 969. This bill, which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 21, 2018, and went into effect on July 1, 2019, requires that all new garage door and garage door opener installations include garage door openers that are equipped with battery backup technology designed to operate the garage door in the event of a power outage.
For the 70 percent of homeowners who use their garage door as the main entry to their home, a power outage can become not only an inconvenience but also a major safety and security issue. “In some cases, time is of the essence. When you need to get your car out of the garage quickly to fee from a hurricane or a forest fire, you might not have the extra time it takes to manually open your garage door when the power is out,” explains Jackie Lorenty, vice president of Chamberlain® and LiftMaster® Brand Garage Door Openers.
To solve this problem, Chamberlain® and LiftMaster® brands offer an extensive line-up of garage door openers that have a battery backup function. One of these, the Chamberlain Corner to Corner Lighting™ Smart Garage Door Opener, is not only equipped with battery backup to enable you to get safely in and out of your garage when the power is out but also makes it possible for you to monitor and control your garage door from anywhere, to receive packages with in-garage delivery, and to preset times for your garage door to open and close and for the garage lights to turn on or off. Once this device has been installed, you will need to monitor and maintain the battery to ensure that it is fully charged and functioning properly. Chamberlain® and LiftMaster® Garage Door Openers with Battery Backup use green, orange, and red LED lights to indicate the amount of power remaining. Also, an audible beep sounds every two seconds when the opener is operating on battery power and every thirty seconds when the battery power is low and the battery needs to be charged or replaced. Typically, these batteries need to be replaced every year or two, depending on opener usage and environmental conditions.
The new Chamberlain Corner to Corner Lighting™ Smart Garage Door Opener also features myQ® smart technology, which allows you to control your garage door from anywhere via your smart phone. Using the myQ app, you can receive real-time notifications and preset schedules for the garage to open or close at certain times. And myQ guest® allows you to share access securely with up three different people.
By linking the myQ app to the Key by Amazon app, eligible Prime members can receive secure in-garage delivery of Amazon Prime packages. With Real-Time Updates, they can monitor and control deliveries from their smartphone.
The Chamberlain Corner to Corner Lighting™ Smart Garage Door Opener lighting system is designed and engineered with advanced technology that fills the entire garage with 3,100 lumens of daylight-like lighting, a feature that is helpful whether you spend a lot of time working in your garage or simply need to find something that you tucked away in a corner or cabinet.
To learn more about Chamberlain® and LiftMaster® Brand Garage Door Openers, including the Chamberlain Corner to Corner Lighting™ Smart Garage Door Opener and myQ® smart technology, visit www.myq.com/smart-garagedoor-opener.