Some people in northern Calif had difficulty opening their garage doors as a fire approached their homes last year. The problem was the power lines had burned down, so the electrical power was out. Apparently the mechanical disengage pull-rope most automatic garage door openers have was stuck, or the rope broke, or they couldn’t figure it out. So after some complaints the solution the legislature has come up with is to require all garage door openers for sale in California be equipped with a battery backup system. It’s estimated it will add anywhere from $75 to $500 to the cost of a unit.
What do you folks think? To me it seems like the legislature is going a little overboard on this. A better solution imo would be to require garage door openers either have battery back up or a second fail safe mechanical mechanism that would guarantee to disengage when that’s needed.